Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century by Rafael Torres SanchezMilitary Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century by Rafael Torres Sanchez

Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century

byRafael Torres Sanchez

Hardcover | August 13, 2016

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Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century offers a new approach to the relationship between warfare and state construction. Historians looking at how war funding impinged on state development, and how state growth made wars more significant, have tendedto downplay the role of military-provisioning entrepreneurs. Written off as corrupt and selfish, these entrepreneurs jarred with the received view of a rationally growing and modernising state. This volume shows that the state-entrepreneur relationship was much more fluid and constant than previously thought. The state was not able to enforce a top-down military supply policy; at the same time it benefited from the entrepreneurs' collaboration and their shared mercantilist ambitions. Theentrepreneurs' mobilisation of military supplies was crucial for extending state authority and helped to knit together national and colonial markets. But this fluid state-entrepreneur relationship gradually became shrouded in privileges and monopolies, not so much ideology driven or imposed by theentrepreneurs but rather as an arrangement exploited by the state to boost its control over them, whittling down middlemen and ensuring the solvency and creditworthiness of the chosen few. This arrangement spiralled into a risky inter-dependence and cramped entrepreneurial competition. Rafael TorresSanchez furnishes new insights into the role of military entrepreneurs in debates about warfare and state construction.
Rafael Torres Sanchez mainly studies eighteenth-century Spanish warfare and its interconnection with the development of the state and its economy. He is the author of Constructing a Fiscal-Military State in Eighteenth-Century Spain (2015), El precio de la guerra: El estado fiscal-militar de Carlos III, 1779-1783 (2013), La llave de tod...
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Title:Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:August 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198784112

ISBN - 13:9780198784111

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Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction1. From the Fiscal-Military State to the Contractor State2. Economic policy and military suppliesPART II: Victualling the Spanish armed forces3. Public and Private Business: Soldiers' bread ration4. National and State Capitalism5. Monopolist entrepreneurs at the state's servicePART III: Building the king's ships6. The Fiscal-naval State7. The paradigm of state intervention8. The Spanish Naval Contractor State and entrepreneursPART IV: The Contractor State in action9. National market versus international market: the limits of mercantilism10. Monopoly versus the market: urgency and flexibility11. ConclusionsBibliography