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Colonizing military history: A millennial view on the economics of war

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  • Hubert Van Tuyll
  • Jurgen Brauer

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We briefly illustrate the application of fundamental principles of economics to three episodes of military history for the second millennium AD. The periods, principles, and cases examined are, first, the European Middle Ages (1000-1300; opportunity cost; siege warfare); second, the Enlightenment and the Age of Battle (1618-1814; expected marginal costs/benefits; the decision to engage in battle); and third, the Cold War (1945-1989; substitution; France's nuclear force de frappe).

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  • Hubert Van Tuyll & Jurgen Brauer, 2003. "Colonizing military history: A millennial view on the economics of war," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 155-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:14:y:2003:i:3:p:155-173
    DOI: 10.1080/1024269022000000877
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    1. Conybeare, John A C & Murdoch, James C & Sandler, Todd, 1994. "Alternative Collective-Goods Models of Military Alliances: Theory and Empirics," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 32(4), pages 525-542, October.
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    1. Economou, Emmanouel/Marios/Lazaros & Metaxas, Theodore, 2011. "EU and US security policy from the cold war era to the 21st century: the institutional evolution of cfsp and the factors that determine the American military supremacy," MPRA Paper 41003, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2011.

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