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Military Conflict and the Rise of Urban Europe

Dincecco, Mark and Onorato, Massimiliano Gaetano Military Conflict and the Rise of Urban Europe. Journal of Economic Growth. pp. 1-40. ISSN 1381-4338 (In Press) (2016)

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We present new evidence about the relationship between military conflict and city population growth in Europe from the fall of Charlemagne’s empire to the start of the Industrial Revolution. Military conflict was a main feature of European history. We argue that cities were safe harbors from conflict threats. To test this argument, we construct a novel database that geocodes the locations of more than 800 conflicts between 800 and 1799. We find a significant, positive, and robust relationship that runs from conflict exposure to city population growth. Our analysis suggests that military conflict played a key role in the rise of urban Europe.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10887-016-9129-4
Additional Information: First online: 30 March 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: warfare, cities, political and economic development, Europe JEL codes: C20, O10, N40, N90, P48, R11
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Ms T. Iannizzi
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 10:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 10:13
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3241

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