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The War Within

Private Interests and the Fiscal State in Early-Modern Europe

  • Joël Félix
  • Anne Dubet
  • Builds upon the expertise of a group of fiscal historians who are leaders in their fields

  • Provides unique and original research, especially with its comparative European dimension

  • Historicizes the problems resulting from the international financial crisis of 2007-08 to early-modern Europe


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

About this book


The international financial crisis of 2007-08 and the ensuing scandals continue to raise important debates about the role of institutions in maintaining trust and fighting corruption, as well as in sustaining economic growth and political stability in a globalized world. This book proposes to historicize these problems by looking at the ways in which early-modern Europe responded to similar challenges brought about by the rising costs of international warfare in a period marked by the development of commercial capitalism and the rise of fiscal states.

Building upon the expertise of a group of fiscal historians who are leaders in their respective fields, ten chapters successively examine how Spain, Britain, France, the Southern Low Countries, the Netherlands, Sweden and Prussia dealt with domestic conflicts arising from the business of war, especially issues of financial profit, fraud and corruption. Through a series of case studies, this volume explores how the various European polities engaged with the transformative effects of warfare on the relationship between private and public interests, paving the way for institutional reforms and transformed ethics. 


Fiscal history State formation Fraud and corruption Financial crises Public Opinion Ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Joël Félix
    • 1
  • Anne Dubet
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.University of AuvergneClermont-FerrandFrance

About the editors

Joël Félix is Professor of European History at the University of Reading, UK.  His specialism is in early-modern fiscal and political history, particularly in France. His main publications include Finance et politique au siècle des Lumières (CHEFF 1999) and Louis XVI et Marie–Antoinette (Payot 2006). With J. Swann, he is the editor of Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy (British Academy/OUP 2013), and he has recently edited Before Fiscal Transparency (Histoire & Mesure 2015).

Anne Dubet is Professor of Early-Modern Spanish History at the University Clermont-Auvergne, France, specializing in the history of finances and politics in early modern Spain. Her most recent book is La Hacienda Real de la Nueva Planta (1713-1726), entre fraude y buen gobierno (Fondo de Cultura Económica, Madrid, 2015) and she co-authored, with S. Solbes Ferri, El rey, el ministro y el tesorero. El gobierno de la Real Hacienda en el siglo XVIII español (Madrid, Marcial Pons Historia, 2019). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The War Within
  • Book Subtitle Private Interests and the Fiscal State in Early-Modern Europe
  • Editors Joël Félix
    Anne Dubet
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-98049-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07443-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-98050-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Financial History
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