Economy & War

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All through out history humanity has walked hand in hand with war. War has been an ever present thorn in humanity since the very beginning. Some would argue that war is a human necessity. While others would argue that war is a requirement for human society and is needed for the success and good health of the most modern day economies in any major country. While war has always led to destruction, death, anguish, and human suffering; history over the ages has shown that where there is war, there are rewards to be reaped. The most important reward (benefit), and perhaps the only ethical one, for war is that of an economical benefit. In every step that humanity has taken on this world, both ancient and modern day civilizations have sallied forth into battle for economical gain. In 600 BC a civilization that would later be known as Rome was born. By 200 AD, Rome was at the height of its power. Hundreds of years of war led to the success and birth of one of the most powerful ancient civilizations known to man. Rome had the right idea when it came to war. In and around its height, it had become so powerful that Rome did not just simply wage war for survival, like so many other people of that time. No, Rome waged war for economical gain and individual greed and glory. It would send its mass armies to a neighboring province and conquer its denizens, make the regions survivors bow before the might of Rome, and then put them work. This work consisted of working the fields and paying taxes to the might empire that was Rome. This process of rinse and repeat led to the control of the Mediterranean, modern day England, northern regions of the Africa, and modern day Turkey and Greece. History is an open lesson to those only willing to open th... ... middle of paper ... ...2011. . Hazlitt, Henry. Economics in One Lesson,. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946. Print. Moffatt, Mike. "Are Wars Good for the Economy?" Economics at About.Com -- Your Portal to the World of Economics. Web. 14 Mar. 2011. . "Rome at Its Height| Roman Empire | Lectures in Medieval History | Dr. Lynn H. Nelson, Emeritus Professor, Medieval History, KU." WWW Virtual Library @ | WWW-VL | United States History; World History; WWI; American History Documents; US Art Museums; US History Museums; USA Historic Sites; Native American Bibliography; Web Site Tools; Electronic Texts. Web. 14 Mar. 2011. . World War 2. Web. 14 Mar. 2011. .
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