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Research Project

Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815

Patrick O'Brien, Lead Investigator (p.o'




Between the outbreak of the French Revolution, 1789, and the Treaty of Vienna, 1815, Europe’s national economies were afflicted by 26 years of intensified mercantilist warfare. Thanks to generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust and support from LSE, a network of European economic historians has been formed as a logistically efficient and intellectually heuristic institution for an exercise in collaborative and comparative economic history. The network and its programme for research has been designed to expose contrasts in the economic outcomes and potential for long term development that flowed from this famous geopolitical conjuncture for several major European economies (including Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany) their overseas colonies and for the evolution of the international economy.

The Lead Investigator (Patrick O’Brien) and Network Facilitator (Loraine Long) are located at LSE. They will coordinate the activities of a network of senior academics affiliated to universities in Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Munster, Oxford, Paris, and Pisa, through the medium of electronic communication, bilateral face-to-face conversations at host universities, seminars, two workshops and one conference.

The Network will transcend national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries in order to write case studies for a major book. As well as national case studies and an introductory synthesis, that book aims to exemplify the insights obtained from reciprocal comparisons and the value of research in economics and history based upon collaboration. It should provide discussable answers to meta-questions concerned with the outcomes of early modern warfare, which are central for economics, sociology and geopolitical history.

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Bibliography of References to War and Economic Development

R Beaumont  War,Chaos and History (1994)

T Besley and T Perrson, The Pillars of Prosperity (Princeton 2011) 

J Black, War and the Cultural Turn (Polity 2011)

C E Closmann War and the Environment: Military destruction in the modern age (2009)

M P Gerace Military Power, Conflict and Trade 

L Magnusson The Political Economy of Mercantilism (Routledge 2015)

N G Onuf and PC Onuf, Nations Markets and Wars (2006)

B Sanders, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World (Polity 2016)

P J Stern and C Wennerling (eds) Mercantilism Reimagined: Political economy in early modern Britain and its Empire (OUP 2013)

M Van Crefeld Technoogy and War from 2000 BC to the Present (1989)

R P Tucker and E Russell (eds) Natural Enemy Natural Environment: Towards an Environmental History of War (2004)



Journal of War and Culture Studies (London)

War and Society (New South Wales, Australia)