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How States Pay for Wars

Rosella Capella Zielinski


Armies fight battles, states fight wars. To focus solely on armies is to neglect the broader story of victory and defeat. Military power stems from an economic base, and without wealth, soldiers cannot be paid, weapons cannot be procured, and food cannot be bought. War finance is among the most consequential decisions any state makes: how a state finances a war affects not only its success on the battlefield but also its economic stability and its leadership tenure. This book clarifies several critical dynamics lying at the nexus of financial and military policy. The book combines a database o ... More

Keywords: military power, war finance, financial policy, military policy, war funding, Korean War, Vietnam War, World War II, Crimean War, Russo-Japanese War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702495
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosella Capella Zielinski, author
Boston University