This chapter offers a different perspective on the study of subsidies by
looking beyond the interstate level, adding a new dimension to our
understanding of the development of the state system. Not only were
subsidies arranged by state and non-state agents; this contribution argues
that subsidies along with other war-making resources were organized in
specific urban European centres, here referred to as ‘fiscal-military hubs’.
By shifting focus from entrepreneurs to fiscal-military hubs we may obtain
further insights into resource mobilization, in particular the relationship
between the business of war and European state formation.
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