In this book, the author draws on much new research to examine the effects of sustained warfare on eighteenth-century British society. War was a "characteristic feature" of the period, but recently the centrality of war in the development of Britain's economy and society has become increasingly apparent. The author shows that between 1688 and 1815 war touched all aspects of life in Britain, transforming a wide range of economic and social institutions, processes and structures. This book will be essential reading for all students of eighteenth-century British history, society and culture.
"H.V. Bowen's contribution to Cambridge's series New Studies in Economic and Social History is a very readable and fairly reliable introduction to the rich literature on the impact of war. It provides convenient one-stop shopping for scholars who are preparing to encounter this literature for the first time, and a useful overview for graduate students searching for a broader context in which to place important mongraphs such as John Brewer's Sinews of Power and Linda Colley's Britons....Bowen's is a useful volume." Philip Harling, Canadian Journal of History
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Eighteenth-century warfare: the British experience; 3. Taking the strain: state and society; 4. A nation in arms: the armed forces and British society; 5. The wartime economy; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.