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About the book

From the back cover of the book:


"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. The links between natural resources and conflict are summed up in four parts:

  • a historical review,
  • a look at current conflicts influenced by natural resources,
  • an overview of academic research
  • and finally a cautions prognosis for future development.

A natural science and plain facts based - rather than political or religiously motivated - approach to geopolitics. Spiced with semi-fictious short stories in which you'll meet the following people first hand:

  • A Neanderthal family 80,000 years ago
  • A Christian knight on Crusade year 1219
  • UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in Africa year 1961
  • George W. Bush and staff year 2002
  • A Kenyan herder year 2011
  • An urban survivor in the near future

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.


Written during 2011 after reading several weekly Google News Alerts, a considerable stack of literature and blogging about these subjects since July 2007.

Referring to natural resources as the cause for war is a taboo. Thus, any exposure is interesting. The historical part is a collection of cases in chronological order, the part about current conflicts are organized by geography and the predictive part an analysis resource by resource. The book is an overview rather than a comprehensive account. It includes neither the complete accounts of the Angolan civil war or the history of diamond trade. The book is simply looking at many different natural resources in many different conflicts.


Book front cover

Paperback. 144 pages. Price marginally above cost of printing but varies with vendor.

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