The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1688-1783
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‚e(tm)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‚e"namely, the loss of liberty.
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Review: The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783User Review - Lisa - Goodreads
Read this for a research paper about monetary and fiscal policy in Enlightenment Europe, was very helpful. Read full review
Review: The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783User Review - Kent - Goodreads
While a bit of a slow read about taxes/economic policy/finance at times, Brewer is a wonderful writer and argues a strong case for how the British fiscal-military state arose after 1688 and why it worked so well compared to other European nations. Read full review