War, Entrepreneurs, and the State in Europe and the Mediterranean, 1300-1800

TitleWar, Entrepreneurs, and the State in Europe and the Mediterranean, 1300-1800
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
Series EditorFynn-Paul, Jeff
Number of Pages356
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
CityLeiden
Abstract

In "War, Entrepreneurs, and the State," Jeff Fynn-Paul (Leiden) assembles an internationally acclaimed selection of authors to push forward the debate on the role of entrepreneurs in making war and building states in Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Topics covered include logistics, supply, recruitment, and the finance of war. Chapters have been carefully commissioned with an eye towards complementarity. In an introduction co-written with Marjolein t Hart and Griet Vermeesch, Fynn-Paul challenges existing discourses of military entrepreneurialism. A new benchmark is proposed: did states choose to work with entrepreneurs, or to restrict their activities and subvert the market? From the introduction and the individual chapters, a new more expansive vision of the military entrepreneur emerges. Contributors are: Carlos Alvarez-Nogal, Pepijn Brandon, William Caferro, Stephen Conway, Thomas Goossens, Aaron Graham, Rhoads Murphey, David Parrott, Helen Paul, Guy Rowlands, Kahraman akul, Marjolein 't Hart, Andrea Thiele, and Rafael Torres Sanchez."

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