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Great, Washington, Jackson, and Eisenhower are warlords by this definition, while many military leaders after the soviet withdraw Afganistan would't qualify as Warlords.

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Whether these individuals are warlords has a further qualification - are they acting for themselves or on behalf of the state? Washington was an army leader and elected president, Jackson an army general, and Eisenhower a national army general and allied commander. None of these acted without state consent or direction.

 

Crassus was also a sneaky and successful investor, buying land in Rome at a very reduced offer when tenetments burned or collapsed, leaving their owners 'over a barrel' with no rent incomes.

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By the way, Gruen's sketch of Crassus, emphasising his auctoritas, potentia and clientelae on pages 66-74 of his "Last Generation of the Roman Republic" (with many references) is interesting.

 

Added to my wish list.

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