Customs and Excise: Trade, Production, and Consumption in England 1640-1845

Hardcover | November 7, 2003

byWilliam J. Ashworth

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Asis book traces the growth of customs and excise, and their integral role in shaping the framework of industrial England; including state power, technical advance, and the evolution of a consumer society. Central to this structure was the development of two economies - one legal and oneillicit. If there was a unique English pathway of industrialization, it was less a distinct entrepreneurial and techno-centric culture, than one predominantly defined within an institutional framework spearheaded by the excise and a wall of tariffs. This process reached its peak by the end of the1770s. The structure then quickly started to crumble under the weight of the fiscal-military state, and Pitt's calculated policy of concentrating industrial policy around cotton, potteries, and iron - at the expense of other taxed industries. The breakthrough of the new political economy was theerosion of the illicit economy; the smugglers' free trade now became the state's most powerful weapon in the war against non-legal trade. If at the beginning of the period covered by this book state administration was predominantly deregulated and industry regulated, by the close the reverse wasthe case.

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Asis book traces the growth of customs and excise, and their integral role in shaping the framework of industrial England; including state power, technical advance, and the evolution of a consumer society. Central to this structure was the development of two economies - one legal and oneillicit. If there was a unique English pathway ...

William J. Ashworth is a Lecturer in History, University of Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:November 7, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259216

ISBN - 13:9780199259212

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AbbreviationsAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Consuming the People1. The Emergence of Public Credit: War, Revenue, and High Politics2. The "Consumptibility" of Goods: Customs, Excise, and Trade3. The Equitable Tax?4. Liberty, Property, and the ExcisePart II: The "Devil's Remedy"5. Delusion? Public Credit, Trust, and the Excise6. The Introduction of the Excise7. "His leering eyes gives such a look": The World of ExcisePart III: An Impolite and Commercial People - the Common Economy8. Life on the Waterfront9. Pilfering, Custom Fees, and Renumeration10. Smuggling11. Free Trade, Transport, and ConcealmentPart IV: Excise, Fraud, and Production12. Drink and Food13. Candles, Soap, Salt, Starch, Leather, Paper, Textiles, and GlassPart V: Shaping and Regulating the Market14. Measurement, Instrumentation, and Alcohol Standards15. Revenue, Metrology, and Casks16. The Incarceration, Adulteration, and Policing of Taxed GoodsPart VI: Dismantling the Fiscal-Military State17. The Limits of Taxation and the Politics of Representation18. Revenue, "Old Corruption", and Manufacturing Interests19. "Simplicity, Uniformity, and Perspicuity"20. "The Calcio Millennium"Index