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Fredstrong rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion comes out next year.
Paperbackpages. Mention is given to the customs taxes on international trade and importsthe excise duties on domestically-produced commoditiesand the hearth tax as the chief levies the Crown depended on for its regular income in the late s, and short sections are dedicated to explaining their functions in addition to their pwoer and the manner in which they replaced tax farming practices.
State prior to 2. Nov 10, Lisa rated it really liked it. But other than that. It can drag on and points are belabored as historians are want to do.
The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, by John Brewer
FunkyPlaid rated it it was amazing Jun 02, If, in the Eighties, approaches to 18th-century Britain have shifted once again, this is — superficially — unsurprising. The third section of his book is dedicated to examining the political crisis that led to the birth of this fiscal-military state, which he argues cannot be understood without looking closely at the politics of the earlier medieval and Tudor periods. There is also an interesting chapter on Government information and Lobbyists with many examples, going back to the ‘s, of Lobbying that are immediately recognisable to the twenty-first century reader.
Joshua Zan rated it really liked it Aug 18, As far back as the Norman period in the twelfth century there were signs of a centralized political authority which came to personify national and local interests.
Log In Register for Online Access. War, Money, and the English State, Feb 18, Nic Barilar rated it liked it. For much thhe the Eighties, the British have not seemed a markedly disorderly people; nor have they seemed over-fond of trade unions and the Labour movement, or particularly adept at resisting a strong central government which large numbers of them actively dislike.
Readers unfamiliar with the period will probably find the following books more welcoming: You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are or the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please breewer here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here. Rather than consider the macro-economic question of the extent to which the state helped or hindered the long-term economic development of Britain, the short-term impact of war on different parts of society and the immediate economic and social effect of thee in the configuration of state power are examined, instead.
Administration, logistics, and the raising of money are the major historical themes the author handles in his book, preferring to dwell not on outcomes of individual battles but rather upon how administrative changes occurred during the time period in question.
Davis Professor of History at Princeton. He writes that although it is paradoxical, a strong parliament effectively resisting much that was proposed by government eventually produced a stronger state Brewer, The transcribers, copyists, and other clerks who recorded business accounts and other financial dealings are not neglected just because the documents they left behind are not easy to interpret for modern historians. They are helpful in that they point out the means by which nations create massive empires — economic and social resources such as capital and manpower — but for the author both of these factors as well as military events contributed to the enhanced status of Britain.
Here the timing of the fiscal-military state is crucial for Brewer — he reasons that if England had been active in large-scale wars during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries it, too, would sknews acquired significant debts.
Sep 10, Kent rated it really liked it Shelves: The Paradoxes of State Power 13 7. Fortunate, it was believed, because — in the midst of European absolutism — the Glorious Revolution had bestowed upon it, and it alone, sound parliamentary government, religious toleration, and an end to nrewer conflict.
The fortunes of the economy fluctuated in irregular patterns during the s, and such growth and decline appeared erratic and unpredictable to those who lived in that time. Neil Humphrey rated it liked it Jul 14, Books by John Brewer.
He asserted that parliament had, by the late seventeenth century, replaced what he called the patrimonial infrastructure joyn early statebuilding had initially bequeathed to England with a new administrative apparatus organized along proto-modern bureaucratic lines Ertman, In the end, Britain became great because of the statistics and reports generated by beaucrats which allowed policymakers to make informed decisions on hard data.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This powerful interpretation of English history provides a completely new framework for joohn how Britain emerged in the eighteenth century as a major international power. This is an unusual history book which narrates the strengthening of the English state through internal changes in state organs rather than through the external actions of the state.
Cambridge University Press, In another contrast with France, England was able to raise large sums of money without having to resort to the sale of offices. On the one hand, the passage of time since the Second World War and the loss of empire have allowed military and imperial history to recover its appeal for a new generation of scholars; on the other, the political mood has changed and is changing still.