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

The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783
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  • ISBN-13: 9780674809307
  • ISBN: 0674809300
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

AUTHOR

John Brewer

SUMMARY

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.John Brewer is the author of 'The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783', published 1990 under ISBN 9780674809307 and ISBN 0674809300.

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