Prices, the Military Revolution, and Western Europe's Comparative Advantage in Violence

21 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2011

Date Written: January 4, 2011

Abstract

Price data from England, France, and Germany show that the military sector in western Europe experienced rapid and sustained productivity growth well before the industrial revolution. The productivity growth has implications for the history of the military revolution in early modern Europe and helps explain why western Europe gained a comparative advantage in violence. It also raises questions about the economic impact of the military revolution.

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Hoffman, Philip T., Prices, the Military Revolution, and Western Europe's Comparative Advantage in Violence (January 4, 2011). The Economic History Review, Vol. 64, pp. 39-59, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00522.x

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