Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History

Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History

by Jurgen Brauer, Hubert van Tuyll
     
 

Castles, Battles, and Bombs reconsiders key episodes of military history from the point of view of economics-with dramatically insightful results. For example, when looked at as a question of sheer cost, the building of castles in the High Middle Ages seems almost inevitable: although stunningly expensive, a strong castle was far cheaper to maintain than a

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Castles, Battles, and Bombs reconsiders key episodes of military history from the point of view of economics-with dramatically insightful results. For example, when looked at as a question of sheer cost, the building of castles in the High Middle Ages seems almost inevitable: although stunningly expensive, a strong castle was far cheaper to maintain than a standing army. The authors also reexamine the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II and provide new insights into France's decision to develop nuclear weapons. Drawing on these examples and more, Brauer and Van Tuyll suggest lessons for today's military, from counterterrorist strategy and military manpower planning to the use of private military companies in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226071640
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1 Economics 1

2 The High Middle Ages, 1000-1300: The Case of the Medieval Castle and the Opportunity Cost of Warfare 45

3 The Renaissance, 1300-1600: The Case of the Condottieri and the Military Labor Market 80

4 The Age of Battle, 1618-1815: The Case of Casts, Benefits, and the Decision to Offer Battle 119

5 The Age of Revolution, 1789-1914: The Case of the American Civil War and the Economics of Information Asymmetry 159

6 The Age of the World Wars, 1914-1945: The Case of Diminishing Marginal Returns to the Strategic Bombing of Germany in World War II 197

7 The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991: The Case of Capital-Labor Substitution and France's Force de Frappe 244

8 Economics and Military History in the Twenty-first Century 287

Notes 329

References 367

Index 387

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