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If we look back through history there have always been wars between the present member states of the EU. Let us look over the past staring from 1700 and proceeding  50 years by 50 years, up till the present.hqdefault

I have spent some time working my way through the web sites and with the help of Wikipedia I have listed most of the conflicts involving EU countries. Undoubtedly the first half of the 20th century was worst but whatever war it was and what ever time,  the loss of a loved one because various political leaders decided that your country should fight with another country is always going to be hard to bear.

You can see from the information below that we have not been short on wars but there has not been a war between member states since the concept of the EEC and then the EU was formed.

This could be related, it could be a coincidence, you decide, and then when you hopefully vote on the 23rd of June, it might influence your vote. 

Personally, I think this is the most important reason to vote to remain in the EU.

OK lets have a look at the wars that took place.

1600-1629 Polish-Swedish War

1618–1648 Thirty Years’ War ( this was Hapsburg v Anti Hapsburg) so one one side we had  Sweden, France, Denmark, Various Germanic states, England and Scotland. On the other side was The holy Roman Empire ( Italy) Austria, Spain, Hungary and Croatia. To name but a few!

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1652-1654, 1665-1667, 1672-1674 Anglo Dutch Wars, and this was not the finish …. they continued into the 18th century.

1672–1678 Franco-Dutch War

1675–1679 Scanian War This was Dutch, Danish, Sweden, against  Holy Roman Empire and France.

1683–1684 War of the Reunions France against Spain and Holy Roman Empire.

1689–1692 First Jacobite Rising Scotland against England

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1700–1721 Great Northern War Virtually every nation now in the EU and Russia

1701–1713 War of the Spanish Succession

1727–1729 Anglo–Spanish War

1740–1763 Silesian Wars ( German states fighting amongst themselves!)

1745–1746 Jacobite rising of 1745 Scotland against England…..again!

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1775–1783 American Revolutionary War Britain against America, obviously,  but with considerable involvement of the French and Spanish.

1784 Kettle War Dutch against Holy Roman Empire.

1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798 Irish with the help of French against Britain.

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1803–1815 Napoleonic Wars France against Britain but with most other countries getting involved at some stage. Some like Sweden on both sides, 1804 to 1809 on the British side then 1809 to 1812 on the French side. Not the wisest change of direction!

1808-1809 Finnish War this was Russia against Sweden but France supported Russia and Britain supported Sweden.

1809 Polish-Austrian War

1823 French invasion of Spain

1848–1849 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence (Austria against Hungary)

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1853–1856 Crimean War Strictly it was Russia against France and Britain…

1866 Austro-Prussian War

1870–1871 Franco-Prussian War

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1912–1913 Balkan Wars

1912 -1913 First Balkan War

1913  Second Balkan War …….Complicated but involving Bulgaria, Greece, Ottoman Empire and other now EU members.

1914–1918 World War I.

1919 Polish-Czech war for Teschen Silesia

1919 Hungarian–Romanian War of 1919

1919–1920 Czechoslovakia-Hungary War

1919–1922 Irish War of Independence

1920 Polish–Lithuanian War

1936–1939 Spanish Civil War Not just Spain but people from all over Europe went to support and fight.

1939 Slovak-Hungarian War

1939–1945 World War IIdads-army

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Between 1950 and now there have been no wars between member countries of the EU.

Wars have occurred in Europe….. Bosnia and Croatia,  the so called ‘Cod’ wars and also in Cyprus but not between EU members. Coincidence? or a product of the membership of the EU?

Please share if you think it worthwhile.