Readership: Students, scholars, and educated readers seeking an understanding of the long-term origins of the French revolution; readers interested in the financial and economic difficulties faced by militarily-engaged great powers
Guy Rowlands, Director of the Centre for French History and Culture, University of St Andrews
Guy Rowlands is Director of the Centre for French History and Culture and a Lecturer in the School of History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of The Dynastic State and the Army under Louis XIV. Royal Service and Private Interest, 1661-1701 (2002), shich was co-winner of the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize (2003). Prior to his appointment at St Andrews he held teaching and research positions at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, and Durham. His research interests span western European history between 1660 and 1800, with particular focus upon politics, war, and finance.
He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2007-08) and a Senior Research Fellow of the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust (2010-11).
"... a clear, lucid and easily comprehensible description of how military finance operated in the largest unitary European state of the eighteenth century ... will make this book one of the standard works of reference for all historians of French and European finance and state formation." - Aaron Graham, French History. Volume 27, Issue 3.
"In Guy Rowlands's scholarly and spirited new book, we dive into the underworld of French royal finance ... there can be few better guides to this underworld than Rowlands, who leads us to a deeply researched, thoroughly convincing explanation of the how and why of financial breakdown in this period." - Erik Goldner, H-France
"A lexical analysis of Rowland's writing
makes the grim reality of the story he tells plain. ... Ostensibly focused on the financing of the war of the Spanish succession, this book has many ramifications." - Michael Hawcroft, French Studies
Part I: The strategic management of war and the financial chain of command
1: Geostrategy, international politics, and the burden of war, 1688-1714
2: The king, his ministers, and the direction of financial policy
PART II: Raising money, finding money, making money: sourcing revenue in an age of crisis
3: Taxing to the hilt? Structural weakness and falling revenues
4: Borrowing to the limit
5: Manipulating the coinage
6: Paper money and absolute monarchy
PART III: The degeneration of military funding and the rising costs of war
7: The treasury of the Extraordinaire des Guerres in the era of the Spanish Succession
8: The crisis of spending and appropriations in Louis XIV's personal rule
9: The overdraft of war: short-term debt and military finance
10: Rent-seeking in the military paymaster world