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Histories of England, 1600–1780
Author: Ben Dew

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, historians of England pioneered a series of new approaches to the history of economic policy. Commerce, finance and statecraft charts the development of these forms of writing and explores the role they played in the period's economic, political and historiographical thought. Through doing so, the book makes a significant intervention in the study of historiography, and provides an original account of early-modern and Enlightenment history. A broad selection of historical writing is discussed, ranging from the work of Francis Bacon and William Camden in the Jacobean era, through a series of accounts shaped by the English Civil War and the party-political conflicts that followed it, to the eighteenth-century's major account of British history: David Hume's History of England. Particular attention is paid to the historiographical context in which historians worked and the various ways they copied, adapted and contested one another's narratives. Such an approach enables the study to demonstrate that historical writing was the site of a wide-ranging, politically charged debate concerning the relationship that existed – and should have existed – between government and commerce at various moments in England’s past.

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Ben Dew

200 COMMERCE, FINANCE AND STATECRAFT Conclusion The Monthly Review for September 1790 contained a lengthy discussion of the final volume of John Sinclair’s The History of the Public Revenue of the British Empire (1785–90). While appreciative of Sinclair’s work, the anonymous reviewer opened his discussion with some general, and rather less positive, comments on the treatment of financial issues by previous English historians: History, till of late, was chiefly employed in the recital of warlike transactions. […] The people were not known; the circumstances

in Commerce, finance and statecraft
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Thomas Carte’s General History
Ben Dew

134 COMMERCE, FINANCE AND STATECRAFT 7 Jacobite history: Thomas Carte’s General History A more far-reaching critique both of Rapin’s History and Whiggish ideas of credit was developed by the Oxford historian Thomas Carte in the 1740s and 1750s.1 Carte was a diligent and able scholar, and the author of a series of well-documented historical works including a three-volume History and Life of James Duke of Ormonde (1735–36) and the four-volume General History of England (1747–55).2 He was also a Non-Juror and an active Jacobite conspirator. In the 1720s he

in Commerce, finance and statecraft
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Francis Bacon’s History of the Reign of King Henry VII
Ben Dew

conditions in which Bacon found himself had important consequences for the kind of history he was able to write. Anxious to 18 COMMERCE, FINANCE AND STATECRAFT work quickly, and unable to access the main archival material held in London, Bacon based his narrative on earlier printed accounts, such as Polydore Vergil’s Anglica Historia (1534), Edward Hall’s The Union of the two Noble and Illustrate Famelies of Lancastre [and] Yorke (1548) and John Speed’s History of Great Britaine (1611).4 However, while Bacon was reliant on these narratives, his engagement with them was

in Commerce, finance and statecraft
Ben Dew

observed, his own position in Parliament meant that his knowledge of Parliamentarian ‘Councels’ was better than that of Royalist ones. Moreover, May acknowledged that the nature of the subject he was 84 COMMERCE, FINANCE AND STATECRAFT to discuss made it difficult to avoid partiality and impossible ‘to escape the suspition or censure of it’.6 A similar point was made by Fuller, who gave the first chapter of his Appeal of Iniured Innocence (1659) the title: ‘That it is impossible for the Pen of any Historians writing in (as our’s) a divided Age, to please all Parties

in Commerce, finance and statecraft
Chantier de l’Économie Sociale Trust, Montreal
Jean-Marc Fontan and Denis Bussières

23 Social financing, social economy: Chantier de l’Économie Sociale Trust, Montreal Jean-Marc Fontan and Denis Bussières Context For several years, managers of social economy enterprises have been expressing the need to have access to financial products other than traditional grants and loans, while at the same time asking how best to maintain their business capital over the long term. They deemed that new products which kept their social mission in mind would be needed. At the request of the Chantier de l’Économie Sociale Trust, a study on these issues was

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Mary Venner

Donors, public finance and ‘liberal peace’ There is a high level of agreement between most donor organisations on the centrality of public finance management (PFM) for effective government and economic stability, and broad concurrence on the policies and systems that constitute good management of public finances. Although the ‘neo

in Donors, technical assistance and public administration in Kosovo
Arthur B. Gunlicks

chap 5 27/5/03 11:55 am Page 163 5 Financing the federal system Introduction According to the official English translation of Article 20, para. 1, of the Basic Law, the Federal Republic of Germany is a “democratic and social federal state.” A better translation might be “a democratic and federal social welfare state.” “Social” in German usually means socially fair, or just, and generally equal. Therefore, this concept provides a constitutional basis for the German welfare state. A European-type welfare state is under strong unitary pressures, because

in The Länder and German federalism
Abstract only
Susan Strange

Chapter 7 Finance and crime As noted in ­chapter 1, one of the big changes in international finance in recent years has been the greatly increased use of the system by organised crime. It would have hardly been possible to design a ‘non-regime’ that was better suited than the global banking system to the needs of drug dealers and other illicit traders who want to conceal from the police the origin of their large illegal profits. The business of money laundering could not have so prospered and grown without the facilities for swift and relatively invisible

in Mad Money
Timothy Bowman

5 Arms, equipment and finance This chapter assesses three different but closely related issues which directly influenced the training and military capabilities of the UVF. The issue of gunrunning is one that will be dealt with fairly briefly in this chapter. It was the key element of A. T. Q. Stewart’s Ulster Crisis and little subsequent research seriously challenges his interpretation of events. Other issues surrounding UVF arms do, however, require reappraisal such as the legal framework in which the arming of the force was conducted, the type and numbers of

in Carson’s army