[Marxism] Capitalism at war

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 20 07:50:40 MDT 2012

The nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of capitalism; the 
twentieth century saw the bloodiest wars in history. Is there a 
connection? The paper reviews the literature and evidence. It 
considers first whether capitalism has lowered the cost of war; 
then, whether capitalism has shown a preference for war. Both 
questions are considered comparatively. Neither question receives 
a clear cut answer, but to simplify: Yes; No.

full: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1992623

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