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War in Economic Theories over Time

Assessing the True Economic, Social and Political Costs

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  • Studies of the economics of war strategy, including nuclear war strategy, with reference to game theory
  • Examines the school of Public Choice, heterodox and neoclassical perspectives
  • Questions why mainstream economics continues to ignore war and its effects on the real economy
  • Looks at the changing nature of wars

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought (PHET)

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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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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Turin, Turin, Italy

    Renata Allio

About the author

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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