War and Economy: Rediscovering the Eighteenth-Century Military Entrepreneur

Pepijn Brandon, M. 't Hart, Rafael Torres-Sánchez

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The detrimental effects traditionally assigned to warfare in the development of pre-industrial economies have obscured the prominent role that military entrepreneurs played in economic development in this period. Historiography minimises the extent to which war and the concomitant strengthening of the central state provided a whole new range of opportunities for capital investment, a tendency that has been strengthened by the paradigm of Redlich’s ‘decline of the soldier-entrepreneur’ and the technological determinism of the debate on the Military Revolution among others. The aim of this introduction is to look into the background of this relative lack of interest and to reaffirm the mutual dependence of eighteenth-century state-formation and the business of war.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)4-22
TijdschriftBusinesss History
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusE-pub ahead of print - nov. 2017


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