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The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-c.1783

1st Edition

Edited by Aaron Graham, Patrick Walsh

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The concept of the 'fiscal-military state', popularised by John Brewer in 1989, has become familiar, even commonplace, to many historians of eighteenth-century England. Yet even at the time of its publication the book caused controversy, and the essays in this volume demonstrate how recent work on fiscal structures, military and naval contractors, on parallel developments in Scotland and Ireland, and on the wider political context, has challenged the fundamentals of this model in increasingly sophisticated and nuanced ways.

Beginning with a historiographical introduction that places The Sinews of Power and subsequent work on the fiscal-military state within its wider contexts, and a commentary by John Brewer that responds to the questions raised by this work, the chapters in this volume explore topics as varied as finance and revenue, the interaction of the state with society, the relations between the military and its contractors, and even the utility of the concept of the fiscal-military state. It concludes with an afterword by Professor Stephen Conway, situating the essays in comparative contexts, and highlighting potential avenues for future research. Taken as a whole, this volume offers challenging and imaginative new perspectives on the fiscal-military structures that underpinned the development of modern European states from the eighteenth century onwards.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

1 Introduction: The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660–1815

Aaron Graham and Patrick Walsh

2 Revisiting The Sinews of Power

John Brewer

3 Banks, Paper Currency and the Fiscal State: The Case of Ireland, Stated, 1660–1783

Charles Ivar McGrath

4 The Role of Civilians in Military Supply During the Williamite-Jacobite War in Ireland, 1689–91

Alan J. Smyth

5 Military Contractors and the Money Markets, 1700–15

Aaron Graham

6 The Silk Interest and the Fiscal-Military State

William Farrell

7 Enforcing the Fiscal State: The Army, the Revenue and the Irish Experience of the Fiscal-Military State, 1690–1769

Patrick Walsh

8 The Fiscal-Military State and Labour in the British Atlantic World

Matthew P. Dziennik

9 Subsidy State or Drawback Province? Eighteenth-Century Scotland and the British Fiscal-Military Complex

Andrew Mackillop

10 The British Fiscal-Military State in the Late Eighteenth Century: A Naval Historical Perspective

Roger Morriss

11 Challenging the Fiscal-Military Hegemony: The British Case

Steve Pincus and James Robinson

Afterword

Stephen Conway

Select Bibliography

Index

About the Editors

The concept of the "fiscal-military state", popularised by John Brewer in 1989, has become familiar, even commonplace, to many historians of eighteenth-century England. Yet even at the time of its publication the book caused controversy, and the essays in this volume demonstrate how recent work on fiscal structures, military and naval contractors, on parallel developments in Scotland and Ireland, and on the wider political context, has challenged the fundamentals of this model in increasingly sophisticated and nuanced ways. Beginning with a historiographical introduction that places The Sinews of Power and subsequent work on the fiscal’s military state within its wider contexts, and a commentary by John Brewer that responds to the questions raised by this work, the chapters in this volume explore topics as varied as finance and revenue, the interaction of the state with society, the relations between the military and its contractors, and even the utility of the concept of the fiscal-military state. It concludes with an afterword by Professor Stephen Conway, situating the essays in comparative contexts, and highlighting potential avenues for future research. Taken as a whole, this volume offers challenging and imaginative new perspectives on the fiscal-military structures that underpinned the development of modern European states from the eighteenth century onwards.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century