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Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century$
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Rafael Torres Sánchez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784111.001.0001

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From the Fiscal-Military State to the Contractor State

From the Fiscal-Military State to the Contractor State

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(p.3) 1 From the Fiscal-Military State to the Contractor State
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Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century
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Rafael Torres Sánchez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784111.003.0001

This chapter serves as a historical introduction to the ongoing debates about the relation between state construction and warfare and the role played therein by entrepreneurs. It works from the concept of the ‘fiscal-military state’, stressing the early modern state’s main function of waging war and raising resources to do so, and tries to understand the recent evolution towards the ‘contractor state’ concept, underlining the importance of the state and its relation with its society and entrepreneurs in the mobilization of resources. The conclusion drawn is that historians have downplayed the entrepreneurs’ role in the relationship between war and state, even arguing that their interests ran counter to those of the state and its paradigmatic rational process of state construction. This historical approach also ushers in the object of the study: the relationship between entrepreneurs and the state regarding mobilization of warfare resources by Spain in the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   historiography, military revolution, warfare, entrepreneur, fiscal-military state, contractor state, Spain, eighteenth century

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