Sinews of Power War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1990
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Tables and Figures|
|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|