War, Trade, and Natural Resources: A Historical Perspective

Ronald Findlay, Kevin H. O'Rourke

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940806
ISBN (Print)9780195392777
StatePublished - Apr 20 2012


  • Conflict
  • Economic theory
  • Empire model
  • Insecurity
  • Power and plenty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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