War, State, and Society in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

Hardcover | January 10, 2006

byStephen Conway

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This book explores the impact of the wars of 1739-63 on Britain and Ireland. The period was dominated by armed struggle between Britain and the Bourbon powers, particularly France. These wars, especially the Seven Years War of 1756-63, saw a considerable mobilization of manpower, materieland money. They had important affects on the British and Irish economies, on social divisions and the development of what we might term social policy, on popular and parliamentary politics, on religion, on national sentiment, and on the nature and scale of Britain's overseas possessions andattitudes to empire.To fight these wars, partnerships of various kinds were necessary. Partnership with European allies was recognized, at least by parts of the political nation, to be essential to the pursuit of victory. Partnership with the North American colonies was also seen as imperative to military success.Within Britain and Ireland, partnerships were no less important. The peoples of the different nations of the two islands were forced into partnership, or entered into it willingly, in order to fight the conflicts of the period and to resist Bourbon invasion threats. At the level of 'high'politics, the Seven Years War saw the forming of an informal partnership between Whigs and Tories in support of the Pitt-Newcastle government's prosecution of the war. The various Protestant denominations - established churches and Dissenters - were brought into a form of partnership based onProtestant solidarity in the face of the Catholic threat from France and Spain. And, perhaps above all, partnerships were forged between the British state and local and private interest in order to secure the necessary mobilization of men, resources, and money.

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This book explores the impact of the wars of 1739-63 on Britain and Ireland. The period was dominated by armed struggle between Britain and the Bourbon powers, particularly France. These wars, especially the Seven Years War of 1756-63, saw a considerable mobilization of manpower, materieland money. They had important affects on the ...

Stephen Conway is Professor of Hisotry at University College London. He has written extensively on the War of American Independence, and is also the editor of three volumes of the correspondence of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:January 10, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199253757

ISBN - 13:9780199253753

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Introduction1. World-Wide War and Home Defence2. War and the State3. The Growth of the Armed Forces4. War and the Economy5. War and Society6. War and Politics7. War and Religion8. War and the Nation9. War, Empire, and the Loss of America10. The View from the Grassroots11. Comparisons Historical and GeographicalConclusionsBibliographyIndex