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War, Trade, and Natural Resources: A Historical Perspective

Ronald Findlay and Kevin H. O’Rourke

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392777
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392777.013.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 War, Trade, and Natural Resources: A Historical Perspective

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This article builds on the sweeping perspective of the past millennium in the book Power and Plenty. Going back and forth between history and theory—specifically, an economic model of the empire and one of trade in the presence of insecurity—it illustrates the central role played by power and conflict, and suggests that trade cannot be separated from power considerations. The article also shows that economic theory and history can usefully be applied to the unified treatment of war, trade, and natural resources in relation to them.

Keywords: Power and Plenty; empire model; insecurity; conflict; economic theory

Article.  14390 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; International Economics ; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics

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