War and economy

Louis Rawlings

in The Ancient Greeks at War

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719056574
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700839 | DOI:
War and economy

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This chapter analyzes ancient Greek warfare in economic terms. Economic motivations can play a part in the reasons for waging war and on the course campaigns take. Also economic resources are consumed by war, but they are often acquired through its prosecution. This chapter examines the influence of agricultural practices on the objective, methods and timing of warfare and discusses how wars can stimulate production in specific sectors, most obviously the manufacture of weapons, warships and other paraphernalia of war. It relates how some people made a living, even grew wealthy, from servicing the military needs of states and individuals and explores the connection between war and the mercenary market.

Keywords: ancient Greek warfare; economic terms; economic motivations; agricultural practices; mercenary market

Chapter.  16350 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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