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Warfare and Welfare: Military Conflict and Welfare State Development in Western Countries

Herbert Obinger, Klaus Petersen, and Peter Starke


This book is concerned with the nexus between warfare and welfare. The relationship between war and welfare states is contested. While some scholars consider war a pacemaker of the welfare state, others have emphasized a sharp trade-off between ‘guns and butter’ and highlighted the negative impacts of war on social protection. However, many of these findings only focus on social spending or are based on studies of individual national cases. From a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, this book addresses the question of whether and how both world wars have influenced the development o ... More

Keywords: war, welfare state, social policy, comparative warfare, mobilization, veterans, mass war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779599
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert Obinger, editor
Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy, University of Bremen

Klaus Petersen, editor
Professor of Welfare History, University of Southern Denmark

Peter Starke, editor
Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark

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