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

Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll


This book reconsiders key episodes of military history from the point of view of economics. For example, when looked at as a question of sheer cost, the building of castles in the High Middle Ages seems almost inevitable: though stunningly expensive, a strong castle was far cheaper to maintain than a standing army. The book also reexamines the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II and provides insights into France's decision to develop nuclear weapons. Drawing on these examples and more, it suggests lessons for today's military, from counterterrorist strategy and military manpower plann ... More

Keywords: military history, castles, Middle Ages, standing army, World War II, nuclear weapons, counterterrorist strategy, private military companies, Afghanistan, Iraq

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226071633
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jurgen Brauer, author

Hubert van Tuyll, author