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Politics, Finance, and the People

Economical Reform in England in the Age of the American Revolution, 1770–92


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 1-5
  3. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 6-15
  4. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 16-36
  5. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 62-94
  6. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 95-113
  7. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 114-138
  8. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 139-162
  9. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 163-188
  10. Earl A. Reitan
    Pages 189-225
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 226-278

About this book


This book traces the changes in the organization of the British economy following the War of American Independence, which unleashed a political crisis and popular movement in Britain based on demands for 'economical reform'.


crisis economy finance foundation organization organizations science and technology stability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityUSA

About the authors

EARL REITAN is Professor of History Emeritus at Ilinois State University, USA. He is co-author of English Heritage (1988) and author of Politics, War and Empire: the Rise of Britain to a World Power, 1688-1792 (1994), The Thatcher Revolution: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and the Transformation of Modern Britain, 1979-2001 (2003), and a series of articles on the Civil List in Eighteenth-century British politics.

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'Reitan writes with great clarity and makes accessible to students as well as teachers a potentially obscure and dry subject. He rightly identifies it as central to the political debates of the time, which involved not just the high political elite, but also parts of the wider public. As a sharply focused, well-researched, and thoughtful account of a key period of economical reform, this book can be commended to a wide readership.' - Stephen Conway, American Historical Review

'Reitan's analysis is cogent and his mastery of the sources enviable. Future historians will be in his debt. This book is well furnished with all appropriate scholarly apparatus, including a most useful bibliography, and the author places it firmly in the context of other relevant historical writing from the late seventeenth century to the Victorian era. It deserves to be in the library of every student of the period.' - Roger Hainsworth, H-Albion

'For those concerned with the working of Commons' committees and the control of public expenditure, this is a valuable reference tool.' Valerie Cromwell, Parliaments, Estates and Representation