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

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).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-173
Number of pages19
JournalDefence and Peace Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Force de frappe
  • Military history
  • Principles of economics
  • Siege warfare
  • The decision to join battle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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