The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, Front Cover. John Brewer. Unwin Hyman, – History – pages. The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State Front Cover . John Brewer. Routledge, Sep 11, – History – pages. The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English. State, New York: (Cambridge, ) and immediately after it John Brewer’s book.
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Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. Tony Selhorst rated it liked it Dec 29, Log In Register for Online Access. Books by John Brewer. 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 dynastic conflict.
Vincent rated it really liked it Sep 12, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Brewer notes the popular interpretations of this rise to prominence at the time he was writing, which emphasized either military accomplishments or the commercial and economic advantages Britain had over Continental states.
And fortunate, finally, because its pioneering Industrial Revolution had furthered the already substantial prosperity and social mobility of its inhabitants. 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.
His sections on English society sinnews be enlarged by exploring the ways people used mathematics and science in construction projects, for example, linking this with the expansion of civil administration, but attempting to prove such points may only serve as digressions from his more central arguments.
The Sinews of Power
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. Economic and military history are interwoven, but political history is not left by the wayside.
Not a book for everyone, but if you are bfewer in British and American colonial history, then it is worth your time. No wholesale creation of offices for royal profit occurred in England, and office-holding did not offer such a variety of benefits to royal functionaries ojhn in France. Most interesting aspect is the leitmotif that runs through the book: Paul Tubb rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Whereas Brewer dwells on what it meant on the small scale, down to the common shopkeeper, it is not a running theme in his book and Carroll uses it far more broadly in his work.
Cambridge University Press, Here the timing of the fiscal-military state is crucial for Brewer — he reasons that if England had been active sunews large-scale wars during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries it, too, would have acquired significant debts.
State prior to 2. John Brewer’s brilliant analysis makes clear that the drastic pwer 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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Brewer treats the British state and the English state simultaneously but as separate entities; while his analysis is focused on the latter, England comes to be at the center of the British state after the medieval era. For the author, the acceptance of the institutions of central government set the stage for a powerful fiscal system that featured extreme centralization and a marked lack of resistance in the nation to such a high level of fiscal obligation.
As time passes the emphasis changes to indirect taxation on popularly consumed items that are often, or regarded as, essential. Patterns of Military Effort. Further, while parliamentary consent made public resistance to tax collection very difficult in most parts of Britain, the North American colonies and Scotland were two places where the collection of taxes was met with vehement opposition.
All three of these books explore in different ways the powers and intrusions of the British state after the Glorious Revolution; and all three of them are tracts for the times in that they link its subsequent prominence and stability with Leviathan unbound rather than with an unusual degree of constitutional liberty.
Brewerr 10, Lisa rated it really liked it. 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. Kevin rated it it was amazing Nov 09, The Parameters of War.
So while perceptive scholars continued to stress the unusual range and achievements of state power in 18th-century Britain one thinks of J.
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The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783
If, in the Eighties, approaches to 18th-century Britain have shifted once again, this is — superficially — unsurprising. 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.
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