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Instead, historians from all parts of the political spectrum have responded to the encroaching embrace of the EEC by arguing that Britain in the past was not invariably all that different from the rest of Europe.
Plumbs “England in the Eighteenth Century” which though dated in many powwr the particulars still rewards the reader with a fluent general account of the era.
You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register ssinews If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here. The wars fought between and did not always result in victory, and together with the fluctuating economy and high taxes they sometimes caused tensions on the home front.
And how was it able to remain fundamentally cohesive while it did so?
The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783
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.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But, if the British Empire depended upon its financial system, its tax system, etc. Upon these felicitous foundations had been built British domestic harmony and the empire on which the sun never set. Brewer realizes why financiers and administrators have not received treatment before besides in the most technical of scholarship, but his research draws upon these records often to support his verdicts since he sees the clerks as having made sense of an exceptionally complex system.
Account Options Sign in. If Thatcherdom has influenced the drift of current British historical writing at all, it has done so less by its protestations than by its practice. Kevin rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Camilla rated it it was amazing Apr 27, 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.
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He acknowledges early on that there is a self-congratulatory air evident in the historiography of early modern England, and rather than follow suit he shows throughout the volume that although the English fiscal-military system was effective it was far from being the shining example of such a system for the rest of Europe.
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Really quite good history. By the same token, Mrs Thatcher may believe that Magna Carta secured liberty more effectively than did the French Revolution. Neil Humphrey rated it liked it Jul 14, Fortunate, too, in that its dominant landed class was open to new ideas and new recruits, and understood how to concede its power gracefully and in time.
In the end, three factors piwer important in providing the British fiscal-military state with advantages over its rivals when it finally did emerge in the late seventeenth century: Answers and approaches to them, by contrast, have shifted markedly over time.
Jogn the book focuses on 18th-century Britain, it provides a lovely window into the making of modern governments in general. Fredstrong rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Why was there no second wave of civil wars, no further shift in dynasty enforced by foreign troops, and no revolution from below?
It was the interplay bgewer the making of policy, the conduct of war, and course of the economy which colored contemporary understanding of what struggles with Continental powers like France meant Brewer, sibews Other editions – View all The Sinews of 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.
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 isnews link its subsequent prominence and stability with Leviathan unbound rather than with an unusual degree of constitutional liberty.
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. 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.
Indeed, some of the most unabashed Tory historians seem far more anxious to cast doubt on the importance of traditional constitutional landmarks. But other than that. Bill rated it really liked it Apr 22, The changes in both taxation policy and how the debt evolved are discussed in detail, as are the changes in the source of taxation.
Other polities succumbed to successful invasions from without or to major convulsions within: Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. The Growth in Debts and Taxes. Not a book for everyone, but if you are interested in British and American colonial history, then it is worth your time. The Sinews of Power: Anyone seeking to make sense of British history from the last quarter of the 17th century to the first quarter of the 19th must confront two closely-related questions.
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. John Brewer’s brilliant analysis makes clear that the drastic increase in Britain’s military involvement and success in This is nuanced and interesting but perhaps not necessarily a cover to cover read.
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It is argued that one of the major political concerns of the period was to find a way to avoid the excesses of the regime while still managing to preserve it, and Brewer is convinced that this difficult task was accomplished.
Internal political battles over how the state should best be run following the Glorious Revolution helped to shape the changing contours of government by limiting its scope, restricting its influence, and rendering its institutions more public and accountable.
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