For Good and Evil The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization

ISBN-10: 1568332351

ISBN-13: 9781568332352

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Charles Adams

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Taxation is a grim reality of life. But few realize the impact that taxation has had on society. This serious, but often amusing, book focuses on the enormous influence that taxation has had on the structuring of society throughout the ages and around the world. Told by an expert on taxation, For Good and Evil is a sweeping overview of the history of taxes from ancient Egypt to today. Full of fascinating details and little-known facts, this book will change forever the way you think about taxes.
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Madison Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Foreword
Preface to Revised Edition
Introduction
Taxes: What They Are and Where They Began
Ancient Egypt: The Ubiquitous Scribes
The Rosetta Stone Speaks--and Tells a Tale of Taxes
The Age of Terror-Taxation--and the Indomitable Tax Rebels of Ancient Israel
Israel's Final Hour: From Hanukkah's Glory to Goliath's Triumph
China: The Mandate of Heaven
The Ingenious Greek: Tyranny and Taxes
The Ingenious Greek: Public Revenue without Bureaucracy
The Kaleidoscopic Romans
The Early Republic: The Citizens' War-Tax Era
The Publicani Drive the Republic to Ruin
Augustus: Master Tax Strategist
Diocletian's New Order
Rome Falls: Was It Tax Evasion?
The Middle Ages
Islam: Death or Taxes for the Infidel
Medieval Taxation: When Taxpayers Had God on Their Slide
The Jews: On the Road to the Final Solution
Medieval England: How Englishmen Purchased Liberty with Taxes
Russia, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany
Russia: The Tax Road to Serfdom and the Soviets
The Swiss: From William Tell to No-tell
The Collapse of the Hercules of Europe
How Cortes and Pizarro Found that Taxes Were the Chink in the Armor of the Aztec and Inca Rulers
Taxes Forge Modern Germany
The Ancien Regime
The Devil's Tax System
Many Revolts--One Revolution
After Magna Carta
Why Queen Elizabeth I Was Called "Good Queen Bess"
Taxes Caused the British Civil War
Parliament Searches for a Better Tax
The Decline of the Super-Dutch and the Rise of the Super-British
The Enlightenment Had the Word on Taxation
The Rocky Road of Early American Taxation
Tax Revolt in the Colonies
The Tax Struggle for "a More Perfect Union"
Was It Taxes, Rather than Slavery, that Caused the Civil War?
The Monster that Laid the Golden Egg
The Tax that Beat Napoleon
Scaffolding for Plunder
How a Good Tax Goes Bad
The Artful Dodger: Evasion and Avoidance
Flight to the Havens: The Offshore World
The Rise and Fall of the Miracle Economies
What Constitutions Are Supposed to Do
Learning from the Past
Taming the Monster
Half-Slave and Half-Free
Epilogue: The Foursquare
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
About the Author
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