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

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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.

John Brewer's 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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Addressing the question of how Britain emerged in the 18th century as a major international power, Brewer's (Director of the Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies, UCLA) analysis reveals 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.
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Synopsis:

John Brewer provides a new framework for understanding Britain's emergence in the eighteenth century as a major international power. Warfare and taxes reshaped the English economy, but at the heart of these dramatic changes lay a tension between the nation's aspirations to be a major power and fear of the domestic consequences: the loss of liberty.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

John Brewer is Director of the Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies and Director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface

Introduction

PART I

1. Before the Revolution:
The English State in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras

PART II

2. Patterns of Military Effort

3. Civil Administration: The Central Offices of Government

4. Money, Money, Money: The Growth in Debts and Taxes

PART III

5. The Paradoxes of State Power

PART IV

6. The Parameters of War

7. War and Taxes

PART V

8. The Politics of Information: Public Knowledge and Private Interest

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674809307
Author:
Brewer, John
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History, military
Subject:
History
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
Great Britain Economic conditions 18th century.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Great Britain History, Military.
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
History : Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ Pb
Series Volume:
1000
Publication Date:
October 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 tables, 1 map
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , John Brewer provides a new framework for understanding Britain's emergence in the eighteenth century as a major international power. Warfare and taxes reshaped the English economy, but at the heart of these dramatic changes lay a tension between the nation's aspirations to be a major power and fear of the domestic consequences: the loss of liberty.
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