War in Economic Theories over Time: Assessing the True Economic, Social and Political Costs

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Springer Nature, Mar 21, 2020 - Business & Economics - 285 pages
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This book offers the first systematic analysis of economic thought concerning war. It retraces debates on war from the formation of European states, the rise of Mercantilism, to Colonialism, Imperialism, the World Wars and the Cold War. Allio shows different economic perspectives from which it is possible to study war as a tool to achieve economic ends: causes, consequences, costs, funding methods, and effects on the economic status of the state and on the well-being of citizens.

Examining interpretations from Smith, Hobson, Keynes, Kalecki, Stiglitz and many more, this important volume addresses the economic implications of war from the perspectives of many who bore the costs of wars in reality.


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1 Introduction
2 War and Economic Activity
3 From Historicizing to the Obsolescence of War
4 Imperialism
5 The Cost of War
6 Economic Rationality or Irrelevance of War?
7 The Benefits of War and the Armaments Industry
8 Economic Globalization Realpolitik New Wars
9 Conclusions

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Renata Allio is Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Turin, Italy. Her research activities have mainly dealt with history of work and migration, and the history of economic thought. She has published 120 essays in journals and volumes published in Italy, France and Germany.

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