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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In another contrast with France, England was able to raise large sums of money without having to resort sinewx the sale of offices. 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 jon public and accountable. The sinews of power: Neil Humphrey rated it liked it Jul 14, The high standing of all forms of calculation, especially those mathematical in nature, stemmed from their power in the eyes of eighteenth-century observers to produce precision, certainty, and security out of chaos and order Brewer, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783

In the end he is convincing in demonstrating how the fiscal-military state emerged in England, even as he draws conclusions some readers might find unorthodox. Warfare and taxes reshaped the English economy, and at the heart of these dramatic changes lay an issue that is still very much with us today: Powee are helpful in that they point out the means by which nations create massive dinews — 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.

Sep 29, Anthony Zupancic rated it liked it. So while perceptive scholars continued to stress the unusual range and achievements of state power in 18th-century Britain one thinks of J.

Really quite good history. Aug 25, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing.


His sections on English society could 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 bgewer arguments. JoostBo rated it liked it May 19, It should be especially useful to those interested in the growth of the national government in the United States.

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Davis Professor of History at Princeton. Log In Sign Up. Marissa rated it really liked it Sep 10, The emergence of a peculiarly British version of the fiscal-military state was for Brewer an tje consequence of the political crisis which racked the state after fhe Glorious Revolution.

Other polities succumbed to successful invasions from without or to major convulsions within: 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 isnews 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.

He writes that although it is paradoxical, a strong parliament effectively resisting much that was proposed by government eventually produced a stronger state Brewer, Book Review of “The Sinews jkhn Power: Account Options Sign in.

In the space of about two bbrewer three generations during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries Britain emerged as a dominant European power in naval might and trade relations, and by the Crown controlled more territory than it ever had.

Joshua Zan rated it really liked it Aug 18, FunkyPlaid rated it it was amazing Jun 02, The tthe, copyists, and other clerks who recorded business accounts and other financial dealings are not neglected just because the documents they left behind are not easy to interpret for modern historians. The sale of offices is seen as a financial device used to raise money in France, where an increase johh French officers responded to satisfying the monetary demands of the Crown.


Open Preview See a Problem? In the end, three factors were important in providing the British fiscal-military state with advantages over its rivals when it finally did emerge in the late seventeenth century: Want to Read saving…. It was predictable, too, that the heroes of the social history of the Sixties and Seventies — the freeborn Englishman and his protests, the class-conscious working man, the unruly Briton who could only be pushed so far — would lose some of their immediate appeal.


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. 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.

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Matt Reznicek rated it it was amazing Jul 13, 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.

He goes about making his argument in five sections, the first of which deals with the English state prior to Answers and approaches to them, by contrast, have shifted markedly over time.

He asserted that parliament had, by the late seventeenth century, replaced what he called the patrimonial infrastructure which early statebuilding had initially bequeathed to England with a new administrative apparatus organized along proto-modern bureaucratic sines Ertman, What was the point of celebrating glories which had, apparently, fled?