War and economy in the age of William III and Marlborough /
D.W. Jones.
Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1988.
xviii, 351 p. : maps.
0631160698 :
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Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1988.
0631160698 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-06:
The 25-year period after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 witnessed a striking transformation of the international position of England, a period marked, in Jones's estimation, by England's achievement of great-power status for the first time. A considerable historical problem is posed by that development, i.e., how could the English economy sustain a prolonged period of constant overseas warfare, and emerge from the process noticeably stronger, despite the recoinage crisis of 1695-97 and the obvious disruption of internal economic life during the same period. In a wide-ranging and complex study, Jones seeks to provide the answer and in the process shows the significant impact on developments occurring as far away as Brazil and India. Jones has drawn on a wide variety of printed and manuscript sources. The core of his argument rests on laboriously compiled statistics of the relevant trade and remittance flows, summarized in extensive tables in the text and in a bibliographical appendix (one of five). Although Jones does not entirely solve the problem of writing for two audiences (economists and historians), and the text is marred by some slipshod proofreading, there is valuable information to be garnered from what can only be described as a dense read. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -R. Howell Jr., Bowdoin College
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