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Constraints on Projecting Imperial Power: The Ordeal of William Rice

Constraints on Projecting Imperial Power: The Ordeal of William Rice

 

Greg Rogers, Ph.D. Candidate

Many historians interested in the rise of Britain as a superpower in the eighteenth century have focused on the role of military might. John Brewer argues in the seminal work The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783, the successful exercise of power was linked to the state’s ability to tax, finance, and administer its growing military machine. Despite these European accomplishments, the ability to wage war, especially across the Atlantic, was still severely limited by environmental, biological, and social factors. Read More.

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