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ISBN-13: 978-0801475863 ISBN-10: 0801475864 Edition: 1st

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"In War, Revenue, and State Building, Sheldon D. Pollack shows a masterful grasp of an enormous range of scholarship in history and American political development. His impressively comparative perspective ensures that this book could be put to good use in a number of courses on American political development. In Pollack's view, the American state, which had virtually no tax capacity at its birth, has developed a very effective revenue system today—one largely shaped by the nation's wartime experiences."—David Brian Robertson, University of Missouri–St. Louis



"In the crisply written War, Revenue, and State Building, Sheldon D. Pollack analyzes the influence of internal and external variables on state formation and war-making in a systematic fashion. Pollack is adept at producing a narrative that allows the reader to draw their own conclusions from the arguments he deploys."—Andrew D. Grossman, Royal G. Hall Professor of the Social Sciences, Albion College



"How does a presumed 'antistatist' polity maintain a military apparatus the size of all the other militaries in the world put together and a social welfare state as well? As Sheldon D. Pollack tells us, that is quite a feat, and it demands (and has gotten, since 1913), a highly efficient taxation apparatus. Whether the American state can continue to meet these extraordinary demands is the very big question Pollack asks as he reconstructs the political history of the national revenue state from the beginning to the present, enmeshing it in a rich tapestry of theoretical and comparative observations. A must for students of American political development."—Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University

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"In War, Revenue, and State Building, Sheldon D. Pollack shows a masterful grasp of an enormous range of scholarship in history and American political development. His impressively comparative perspective ensures that this book could be put to good use in a number of courses on American political development. In Pollack's view, the American state, which had virtually no tax capacity at its birth, has developed a very effective revenue system today--one largely shaped by the nation's wartime experiences."--David Brian Robertson, University of Missouri-St. Louis

"In the crisply written War, Revenue, and State Building, Sheldon D. Pollack analyzes the influence of internal and external variables on state formation and war-making in a systematic fashion. Pollack is adept at producing a narrative that allows the reader to draw their own conclusions from the arguments he deploys."--Andrew D. Grossman, Royal G. Hall Professor of the Social Sciences, Albion College

"How does a presumed 'antistatist' polity maintain a military apparatus the size of all the other militaries in the world put togetherand a social welfare state as well? As Sheldon D. Pollack tells us, that is quite a feat, and it demands (and has gotten, since 1913), a highly efficient taxation apparatus. Whether the American state can continue to meet these extraordinary demands is the very big question Pollack asks as he reconstructs the political history of the national revenue state from the beginning to the present, enmeshing it in a rich tapestry of theoretical and comparative observations. A must for students of American political development."--Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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