War and Society

Readings Schedule

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September 25: The Rise of the Fiscal-Military State in Europe

September 28: International Context and the State, 1600-1871

September 30 & October 2: Warfare on Land – The Evolution of Army Style

October 5 & 7: Warfare at Sea – The Growth of Navies

October 9: How States Paid for War

October 12: Taxation – The Struggle over Assessments

October 14 & 16: Revenue Collection – From Tax Farming to State Bureaucracy

October 19, 21, 23 & 26: Political Institutions – The Fundamental Problems of Resource Extraction

October 30: War on Credit – Borrowing and Debt Servicing

November 2: Effects of War – Fiscal and Administrative Efficiency

November 4: MIDTERM EXAMINATION

November 6, 9, 13 & 16: The Dutch Republic, 1581-1806

November 11: NO CLASS (Veterans Day)

November 18, 20, 23 & 25: France, 843-1815

November 27: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

November 30 & December 2: Great Britain, 1620-1815

December 4: Review & Comparisons with the United States, 1775 – 2001

December 10: FINAL EXAMINATION (11:30a-2:30p)