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The Seventy Years War, 1744-1815, and Britain's Fiscal-Naval State


Page, A, The Seventy Years War, 1744-1815, and Britain's Fiscal-Naval State, War and Society, 34, (3) pp. 162-186. ISSN 0729-2473 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1179/0729247315Z.00000000053


This article argues that we should view Britain as fighting a ‘Seventy Years War’ with France between the battles of Fontenoy in 1745 and Waterloo in 1815. Through years of struggle, Britain built the military power needed to prevent it from falling under the domination of France. In hindsight, many view the British as inevitable imperialists, confidently building toward their global empire of the nineteenth century. In reality, eighteenth-century Britons frequently fretted about the threat of invasion, military weakness, possible financial collapse, and potential revolution. Historical developments only look inevitable in hindsight and with the aid of the social sciences. The struggle to defend itself in Europe during the Seventy Years War saw Britain develop a ‘fiscal-naval state’ that built a global empire.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Page, A (Dr Anthony Page)
ID Code:90870
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-04-30
Last Modified:2018-01-23
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