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Castles, battles, & bombs : how economics explains military history

Author: Jurgen Brauer; Hubert P Van Tuyll
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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From the walls of Troy to the sands of Iraq, humans have devoted staggering resources to the art and science of war. Yet while military history has long studied the economics of conflict, until now there have been few attempts to apply the principles of economics to military history. In Castles, Battles, and Bombs, Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll reconsider key episodes of military history from the point of view  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Brauer, Jurgen, 1957-
Castles, battles, & bombs.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007031667
(OCoLC)163593715
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jurgen Brauer; Hubert P Van Tuyll
ISBN: 9780226071657 0226071650 9780226071633 0226071634 9780226071640 0226071642
OCLC Number: 304605070
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 403 p.) : ill., maps.
Contents: Preface --
Economics --
Economics --
Principle I: Opportunity cost --
Principle II: Expected marginal costs and benefits --
Principle III: Substitution --
Principle IV: Diminishing marginal returns --
Principle V: asymmetric information and hidden characteristics --
Principle VI: Hidden actions and incentive alignments --
Conclusion: economics--and military history --
The high Middle Ages, 1000-1300: The case of the medieval castle and the opportunity cost of warfare --
Opportunity cost and warfare --
The ubiquity of castles --
The cost of castling --
The advantages of castles --
The cost of armies --
Castle building and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
The Renaissance, 1300-1600: the case of the condottieri and the military labor market --
The principal-agent problem --
Demand, supply, and recruitment --
Contracts and pay --
Control and contract evolution --
The development of permanent armies --
Condottieri and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
The age of battle, 1618-1815: the case of costs, benefits, and the decision to offer battle --
Expected marginal costs and benefits of battle --
The 1600s: Gustavus Adolphus and Raimondo de Montecuccoli --
The 1700s: Marlborough, de Saxe, and Frederick the Great --
Napoleonic warfare --
The age of battle and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
The age of revolution, 1789-1914: the case of the American Civil War and the economics of information asymmetry --
Information and warfare --
North, South, and the search for information --
Major Eastern campaigns through Gettysburg --
Grant in Virginia --
The American Civil War and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
The age of the world wars, 1914-1945: the case of diminishing marginal returns to the strategic bombing of Germany in World War II --
A strategic bombing production function --
Bombing German war production --
Bombing the supply chain and the civilian economy --
Bombing German morale --
Assessing the effect of strategic bombing --
Strategic bombing and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
The age of the Cold War, 1945-1991: the case of capital-labor substitution and France's Force de Frappe --
History of the Force de Frappe --
The force post-De Gaulle --
Justifying the force --
The force's effect on France's conventional arms --
Substituting nuclear for conventional forces --
The Force de Frappe and the other principles of economics --
Conclusion --
Economics and military history in the twenty-first century --
Economics of terrorism --
Economics of military manpower --
Economics of private military companies --
Economics, historiography, and military history --
Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Other Titles: Castles, battles, and bombs
Responsibility: Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll.

Abstract:

From the walls of Troy to the sands of Iraq, humans have devoted staggering resources to the art and science of war. Yet while military history has long studied the economics of conflict, until now there have been few attempts to apply the principles of economics to military history. In Castles, Battles, and Bombs, Jurgen Brauer and Hubert van Tuyll reconsider 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 Middle Ages seems almost inevitable: thoug.

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