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Great Sums of Money

Ferdinand Mount: Swingeing Taxes, 21 October 2021

The Dreadful Monster and Its Poor Relations: Taxing, Spending and the United Kingdom, 1707-2021 
by Julian Hoppit.
Allen Lane, 324 pp., £25, May, 978 0 241 43442 0
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... hopelessly endangered.It is this curious, gristly interaction between taxation and nationhood that Julian Hoppit investigates. He follows the history of the Unions of 1707 and 1801 and their cantankerous receptions in Scotland and Ireland, and then the regrowth of nationalisms – English as well as Scottish, Welsh and Irish – in our own time, always ...

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