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War, Power and the Economy : Mercantilism and State Formation in 18th-century Europe (Hardcover) (A.
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This book is about war, state formation and the economy in the last period of mercantilism, the eighteenth century. It explores how war influenced state formation through the strains it put on the economy and its institutions. The study focuses on three key European countries, Spain, France and Great Britain, exploring how the states prepared for war, what kind of economic means they had, what institutional changes they implemented, and how efficient this was.
The book explores political and economic dimensions of the eighteenth century European state in order to explain why and how changes in power as an outcome of war depended upon the available means and the way they were obtained and used. The book takes the idea that making war or preparing for it obliged the states to make important changes in their institutions, so that during the eighteenth century the state in many ways formed itself through war efforts. Ultimately, this study aims to show how closely political and military success was entwined with economic interests.