Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth
OverviewWaging war was the main function of early-modern states, and this could not be done without military supplies. The vast range of military products needed by the state guaranteed a huge knock-on effect of these entrepreneurs' activity throughout the whole economy, finally impinging on military activity itself. Military Entrepreneurs and the Spanish Contractor State in the Eighteenth Century offers a new interpretation of the military entrepreneurs' role in state construction. Their success or failure could determine whether or not warfare became a driving force of the economy and wealth, or an endless source of problems. Debunking the traditional view of them as corrupt and doggedly opposed to the state's modernising and rational outlook, this volume reveals a fluid relationship with the state and an ongoing collaboration in the state's mercantilist policies in the entrepreneurs' own best interests. Rafael Torres Sánchez furnishes new insights into the role of military entrepreneurs in debates about warfare and state construction.