The study of eighteenth century history has been transformed by the writings of John Brewer, and most recently, with The Sinews of Power, he challenged the central concepts of British history. Brewer argues that the power of the British state increased dramatically when it was forced to pay the costs of war in defence of her growing empire. In An Imperial State at War, edited by Lawrence Stone (himself no stranger to controversy), the leading historians of the eighteenth century put the Brewer thesis under the spotlight. Like the Sinews of Power itself, this is a major advance in the study of Britain's first empire.
`… marvellous volume. … This volume, however, is far more than a set of papers on the `fiscal-military state'. It is a guide to the recent thought about the pattern and structure of the British state and the British empire in jthe eighteenth century. Its importance can scarcely be exaggerated.' - History Today
C.A. Bayly, Cambridge University; Thomas Ertman, Harvard University; John Brewer, UCLA; John Robertson, Oxford University; Daniel Baugh, Cornell University; E.A. Wrigley, Cambridge University; Joanna Innes, Oxford University; Kathleen Wilson, SUNY, New York; Linda Colley, Yale University; Ned C. Landsman, SUNY, New York; Nicholas Canny, University College, Galway