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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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.

This is an unusual history book which narrates the strengthening of the English state through internal siness in state organs rather than through the external actions of the state.

Audrey rated it really liked it Mar 28, Return to Book Page. But, if the British Empire depended upon its financial system, its tax system, etc. War, Money, and the English State, To ask other readers questions about The Sinews of Powerplease sign up. State prior powef 2.

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Kevin rated it it was amazing Nov 09, 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. Other polities succumbed to successful invasions from without or to major convulsions within: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This is probably the book on my bookshelf most cited by other books on my bookshelf. It was between these years that England itself obtained all of the main characteristics of a fiscal-military state: Other editions – View all The Sinews of Power: Nov 10, Lisa rated it really liked it.


Contents The English State in the. 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? In these circumstances, it is scarcely to be wondered at that many historians of Britain have become less interested in history from below. But there has as yet been no revival of a British history emphasising native constitutional achievements.

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Kaleb rated it really liked it Oct 12, thd And excepting the law books, which are an incestuous mess of self-citation. By the same token, Mrs Thatcher may believe that Magna Carta secured liberty more effectively than did the French Revolution.

War, Money, and the English State, 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. Lauren rated it really liked it Jan 15, It can drag on and points are belabored as historians are want to do. Older departments did not undergo comprehensive reforms; instead, administrative innovation in Britain either worked around existing office-holders and their interests or reached an accommodation with them by combining the old sienws the new to their mutual satisfaction Brewer, FunkyPlaid rated it it was amazing Jun 02, John Brewer’s brilliant analysis makes clear that the drastic sinesw in Britain’s military involvement and success in For anyone interested in British history, in particular how Britain bdewer itself as the leading world power in the 19th century, this book is essential.


Here the timing of the fiscal-military state is crucial for Brewer — he reasons that if England had been active in large-scale wars during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries it, too, would have acquired significant debts. The emergence of a peculiarly British version of the fiscal-military state was for Brewer an unintended consequence of the political crisis which racked the state after the Glorious Revolution. Whereas Brewer dwells on powfr 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.

Jen rated it really liked it Mar 10, If, in the Eighties, approaches to 18th-century Britain have shifted once again, this is — superficially — unsurprising. The sale of offices is seen as a financial device used to raise money in France, where an increase of French officers responded to satisfying the monetary demands of the Crown. Contact us for rights and issues powwr.

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.

Paperbackpages. It should be especially useful to those interested in the growth of the national government in the United States.