Economic militarism

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Economic militarism is the ideology surrounding the use of military expenditure to prop up an economy, or the use of military power to gain control or access to territory or other economic resources.

Brief history of the term[edit]

The first important use[citation needed] dates from 1939 with Germany Rampant: A Study in Economic Militarism by Ernest Hambloch,[1] a long-serving British diplomat.[citation needed] Germany Rampant "traces the philosophy of Nazism to the German mythological figures of ancient times."[2]

Since this book the term has been used in connection with the ancient Aztecs, and with militaristic movements in a variety of cultures, and applies to the ideological and cultural aspects of a state, society or group that sustain the drive for hegemony or empire. For example, Joseph Kenney applies the term to the Almoravids.[3]

In 2003 Clyde Prestowitz, of the Economic Strategy Institute published a book containing his analysis of what he called economic militarism in American foreign policy, that was reviewed in The Economist magazine.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hambloch, Ernest (1939). Germany Rampant: A Study in Economic Militarism. New York: Carrick & Evans. OCLC 1237438. [page needed]
  2. ^ "Holocaust: A selected bibliography of materials". Wirtz Labor Library Collection: United States Department of Labor. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ Kenney, Joseph (1987). "The Economic Dimension of West African Islamic History". In Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa. Christianity and Islam in dialogue. Cape Coast: Mfantsiman Press. ISBN 978-978-30367-0-3. OCLC 30117272. 
  4. ^ "American power". The Economist. 2003-08-07. Retrieved 2008-11-25. (Subscription required (help)).