Ecowar - Natural Resources and Conflict

"All wars are fought over natural resources", a local permaculture enthusiast told me as we were driving home from a visit to a community gardening project. By growing his own potatoes he was in his own small way promoting world peace. A bit over-simplified I thought to myself. But an interest was sown.

Ecowar - Natural Resources and Conflict is a book summarizing more than four years of spare time research into his postulate. May prove how all wars are indeed fought over natural resources. Or at least show that few wars are fought for the reasons they were excused by.

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Best regards,
Benno Hansen


"a paradigm shifting book with tremendous depth and scope [...] a journey that ranges from the anthropological story of modern humans from paleo times, to impressive cross-sections of human history, to an overview of what seems to be all major conflicts in the past few decades. [...] guarantee to galvanize even the most eco-saavy reader's perspective on this topic"
- Relief Analysis Wire

Download the book "Ecowar - Natural Resources and Conflict" for free

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After five years of distribution by a publisher, my book Ecowar - Natural resources and conflict is now available for free under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Research summary

While blogging, a cornerstone of sources were scientific journal articles. These are covered in chapter four of the book, Thinking about it: theories of peace and war.

The recent publication by Bove et al has inspired me to summarize some of the quantitative research about conflict over natural resources in a table. Enjoy...

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