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Agustin Goenaga

Agustin Goenaga

Researcher

Agustin Goenaga

War and state capacity in the long nineteenth century

Author

  • Agustín Goenaga
  • Oriol Sabaté Domingo
  • Jan Teorell

Summary, in English

A great deal of literature has analyzed the relationship between warfare and state capacity in late-modern and contemporary times. While there is a consensus regarding the significant impact of mass warfare on fiscal expansion during the twentieth century, the interplay between warfare and fiscal capacity in the nineteenth century remains disputed. This paper sheds light on this issue by making use of novel datasets of international and civil wars and public finance from 1816 to 1913 in Europe and the Americas. Our results suggest that the type of wars that states fought in the nineteenth century mattered less than their intensity and duration. Public revenues increased in the aftermath of both international and civil wars when they were intensive enough. We argue, however, that overall wars had a weak effect on state-making in the nineteenth century precisely due to their limited intensity and duration compared to the total wars of the twentieth century.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2018-09

Language

English

Pages

1-65

Publication/Series

STANCE Working Paper Series

Volume

2018

Issue

6

Document type

Working paper

Publisher

Department of Political Science, Lund University

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • War
  • State capacity
  • Long Nineteenth Century

Status

Published

Project

  • State-Making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond