The Rise of the Fiscal State in Europe c.1200-1815: Rise Of Fiscal State In Europe

Hardcover | September 15, 1999

EditorRichard Bonney

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In this volume an international team of scholars builds up a comprehensive analysis of the fiscal history of Europe over six centuries. It forms a fundamental starting-point for an understanding of the distinctiveness of the emerging European states, and highlights the issue of fiscal power asan essential prerequisite for the development of the modern state. The study underlines the importance of technical developments by the state, its capacity to innovate, and, however imperfect the techniques, the greater detail and sophistication of accounting practice towards the end of the period. New taxes had been developed, new wealth had been tapped, newmechanisms of enforcement had been established. In general, these developments were made in western Europe; the lack of progress in some fiscal systems, especially those in eastern Europe, is an issue of historical importance in its own right and lends particular significance to the chapters onPoland and Russia. By the eighteenth century `mountains of debt' and high debt-revenue ratios had become the norm in western Europe, yet in the east only Russia was able to adapt to the western model by 1815. The capacity of governments to borrow, and the interaction of the constraints on borrowingand the power to tax had become the real test of the fiscal powers of the `modern state' by 1800-15.

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In this volume an international team of scholars builds up a comprehensive analysis of the fiscal history of Europe over six centuries. It forms a fundamental starting-point for an understanding of the distinctiveness of the emerging European states, and highlights the issue of fiscal power asan essential prerequisite for the developme...

Richard Bonney is Professor of Modern History, University of Leicester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:540 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Richard Bonney: Introduction1. W. M. Ormrod: England in the Middle Ages2. Patrick K. O'Brien and Philip A. Hunt: England 1485-18153. J. B. Henneman Jr: France in the Middle Ages4. Richard Bonney: France 1494-18155. Miguel Angel Ladero Quesada: Castile in the Middle Ages6. Juan Gelabert: Castile 1516-18087. Eberhard Isenmann: The Holy Roman Empire in the Middle Ages8. Wim Blockmans: The Low Countries to 15699. Marjolein 't Hart: The United Provinces 1579-180610. Martin Korner: The Swiss Confederation11. Peter Partner: The Papacy and the Papal States12. Jean-Claude Hocquet: Venice13. Carlo Capra: The Italian States after c.160014. Anna Filipczak-Kocur: Poland-Lithuania before Partition15. Richard Hellie: Russia 1200-1815Index

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`The overall organisation and breadth of this collection on Europes fiscal history are as impressive as the authors credentials ... this is a fine book.'A.Barrett, Choice, July/Aug 00, Vol.37, No.11/12.