War costs

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War costs are all the additional costs a state incurs as a result of a war compared to the peace budget.

This mainly concerns expenses for mobilization , maintenance of the armed forces and demobilization . As compensation, the winner used by the defeated state a war costs at least equal, but mostly higher war contribution to demand as one of the conditions of peace. The damage caused by the war to the winner himself will also be burdened on the loser through reparations .

For example, the war costs in the German War of 1886 amounted to 282 billion marks for Prussia and in the Franco-German War of 1870/71 for Germany 1.024 billion marks. However, France had to pay three billion gold marks to the German Reich in terms of war costs and reparations.


  • Kurt Heinig : When the soldiers ... What wars cost ; Gutenberg Book Guild, Frankfurt 1957.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Meyer's Large Conversational Lexicon . 6th edition. Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig / Vienna 1909 ( zeno.org [accessed on May 22, 2019] Lexicon entry “War Costs”).

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