Cost of war

Lewis Levine

Document Type Dissertation/Thesis


The motives of nations in going to war are varied and many. It would be wrong to say they were all economic as some of the real causes are not economic at all. Conflicts arise from moral causes--the love of freedom; they are the outcome of conflicting views of rights; or they arise from, not merely non-economic, but also non-rational causes--from vanity, rivalry, pride of place, the desire to be first, to occupy a great position in the world, to have power or prestige. The desire to dominate a rival at all costs, from the inherent hostility that exists between rival nations, has often been a cause of one nation making war upon another.