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Inferior PoliticsSocial Problems and Social Policies in Eighteenth-Century Britain$
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Joanna Innes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201526.001.0001

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The domestic face of the military—fiscal state: government and society in eighteenth-century Britain

The domestic face of the military—fiscal state: government and society in eighteenth-century Britain

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(p.48) 2 The domestic face of the military—fiscal state: government and society in eighteenth-century Britain
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Inferior Politics
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Joanna Innes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201526.003.0003

This chapter takes as its starting point new developments in fiscal and military organization described by John Brewer. It outlines the case for supposing that these developments encouraged the disengagement of officers and organs of state from many aspects of government in the localities. However, it also argues that disengagement was not complete. The resources of the military-fiscal state were sometimes brought to bear on problems of domestic government. The chapter develops this case especially in relation to war-related social problems — though it does not suggest that central agencies acted only in that context.

Keywords:   John Brewer, military organization, disengagement, social problems, war

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