Sinews of Power War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

ISBN-10: 0674809300

ISBN-13: 9780674809307

Edition: 1988

Authors: John Brewer

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This powerful interpretation of English history provides a completely new framework for understanding how Britain emerged in the eighteenth century as a major international power. Brewers brilliant analysis makes clear that the drastic increase in Britain's military involvement (and success) in Europe and the expansion of her commercial and imperial interests would not have happened without a concurrent radical increase in taxation, along with a surge in deficit financing and the growth of a substantial public administration. Warfare and taxes reshaped the English economy, and at the heart of these dramatic changes lay an issue that is still very much with us today: the tension between a nation's aspirations to be a major power and fear of the domestic consequences of such an ambition--namely, the loss of liberty.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction
Before The Revolution: The English State in The Medieval and Early Modern Eras
Patterns of Military Effort
Civil Administration: The Central offices of Government
Money, Money, Money: The Growth in Debts and Taxes
The Paradoxes of State Power
The Parameters of War
War and Taxes
The Politics of Information: Public Knowledge and Private Interest Conclusion
Notes
Index
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