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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 no 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.
The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, by John Brewer
Warfare and taxes reshaped the English economy, ojhn at the heart of these dramatic changes lay an issue that is still very much with us today: Paperbackpages.
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Aug 25, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. BRITAIN Many are the books on British history that cite John Brewers classic “The Sinews of Power” not infrequently in glowing terms, but the fact that it has been out brfwer print sinceabsent without leave from my local library, and hideously expensive second hand has meant that it is not until now thanks to Oxfam that I have been able to read this seminal work. It was definitely worth the wait.
Brewer is alive to the context within which this happened, a British State that was in increasingly in the hands of the propertied classes, primarily via the House of Commons, during a period when Britain was frequently at war with France. Against these two facts the development of a bdewer British version of the fiscal-military state, complete with large poder and navies, industrious administrators, high taxes and huge debts” are laid out in detail.
Other developments that receive Brewers attention include the formation of a distinct Financial interest The City that recieved a large helping hand from the “high taxes and huge debts” that became necessary for the British state during its repeated wars with France.
The changes in both taxation policy and how the debt evolved are discussed in detail, as are the changes in the source of taxation. In the earliest part of the period it is direct, in particular a land tax, that form the greater proportion of tax receipts. As time passes the emphasis changes to indirect taxation on popularly consumed items that are often, or regarded as, essential. 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.
This is a fine book, that provides a fascinating and detailed insight into the development of Britain during the eighteenth century with close attention paid to the military and fiscal dimensions. For anyone interested in British history, in particular how Britain found itself as the leading world power in the 19th century, this book is essential.
Readers unfamiliar with the period will probably find the following books more welcoming: Plumbs “England in the Eighteenth Century” which though dated in many of the particulars still rewards the reader with a fluent general account of the era.
England’s Economy, ” and “Albion’s People: Jan 09, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact, Brewer argues, the British “fiscal-military state” became all the more powerful for existing within a parliamentary and constitutional system.
Because of this setting, the state had greater popular legitimacy and support. But of course, some people resented the growth of the state. We are talking about a revolt against taxes, imperial administration, and trade controls, after all. Although the book focuses on 18th-century Britain, it provides a lovely window into the making of modern governments in general.
It should be especially useful to those interested in the growth of the national government in the United States. And it helps dispel the myth that small, responsible government has ever gone together with modern warfare. Sep 29, Anthony Zupancic rated it liked it. Really quite good history. Looks at the minutia of finance, taxes and administration to understand the growth of British power and the empire; to expose the hidden sinews that animated the British body politic: Breaks the book into 5 parts: State prior to 2.
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The bits he tracked emerged early and remained late. Most interesting aspect is the leitmotif that runs through the book: This is nuanced and interesting but perhaps not necessarily a cover to cover read. It sinnews drag on and points are belabored as historians are want to do.
Jan 07, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is probably the book on my bookshelf most cited by other books on my bookshelf. Well, except the Sindws, obv.
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And excepting the law books, which are an incestuous mess of self-citation. But other than that. Feb 18, Nic Barilar rated it liked it. But, if the British Empire depended upon its financial system, its tax system, etc. Jan 10, Michael Taylor rated it liked it Shelves: Why did Great Britain become the financial superpower of her time? This book sought to answer that question by examining the thw and growth of the modern beaucratic state.
His heroes are the paper pushers of the age.
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.
Not a book for everyone, but if you are interested in British and American colonial history, then it is worth you Why did Great Britain become the financial superpower of her time?
Not a book for everyone, but if you are interested in British and American colonial history, then it is worth your time. Sep 10, Kent rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 10, Lisa rated it really liked it. Read this for a research paper about monetary and fiscal policy in Enlightenment Europe, was very helpful. Camilla rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Plamen Ivanov rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Tony Selhorst rated it liked it Dec 29, Audrey rated it really liked it Mar 28, Marissa rated it really liked it Sep 10, FunkyPlaid rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Neil Humphrey rated it liked it Jul 14, Jen rated it really liked it Mar 10, Paul Tubb rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Bill rated it really liked it Apr 22, Candace rated it really liked it Mar 13, Vincent rated it really liked it Sep 12, Lauren rated it really liked it Jan 15, Kevin rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Joshua Zan rated it really liked it Aug 18, Matt Reznicek rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Kaleb rated it really liked it Oct 12, Craigf rated it it was amazing Sep 28, JoostBo rated it liked it May 19, Fredstrong rated it it was amazing Jan 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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