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Economy & War Essay

1521 words - 6 pages

All through out history humanity has walked hand in hand with war. War has been an ever present thorn in humanity since the very beginning. Some would argue that war is a human necessity. While others would argue that war is a requirement for human society and is needed for the success and good health of the most modern day economies in any major country.
While war has always led to destruction, death, anguish, and human suffering; history over the ages has shown that where there is war, there are rewards to be reaped. The most important reward (benefit), and perhaps the only ethical one, for war is that of an economical benefit. In every step that humanity has taken on this world, both ancient and modern day civilizations have sallied forth into battle for economical gain.
In 600 BC a civilization that would later be known as Rome was born. By 200 AD, Rome was at the height of its power. Hundreds of years of war led to the success and birth of one of the most powerful ancient civilizations known to man. Rome had the right idea when it came to war. In and around its height, it had become so powerful that Rome did not just simply wage war for survival, like so many other people of that time. No, Rome waged war for economical gain and individual greed and glory. It would send its mass armies to a neighboring province and conquer its denizens, make the regions survivors bow before the might of Rome, and then put them work. This work consisted of working the fields and paying taxes to the might empire that was Rome. This process of rinse and repeat led to the control of the Mediterranean, modern day England, northern regions of the Africa, and modern day Turkey and Greece. History is an open lesson to those only willing to open their eyes.
The United States of America has followed a similar path through its timeline of existence. Born from war, America won its independence from England in September 3, 1783 (ending of Revolutionary War). After this point, the U.S. prospered. Over the decades that followed, the young country made its push into the west of North America. By doing so, they made war with the natives of the land and conquered all in their path. On October 2, 1835 the Texas War of Independence began. While there are plenty of reasons for why this war happened, just like the American Revolutionary War of 1783) the ending benefits are apparent. Texas would eventually become a state of the U.S. and the U.S. would gain more land. After this, a process of rinse and repeat was made. The Mexican-American War began in 1846. The eventual benefits to the ending of this war to the U.S. were even more land and resources. The U.S. gained what is now present-day California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming on February 2, 1848. Once again, history cannot tell a lie.
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