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Customs and ExciseTrade, Production, and Consumption in England 1640-1845$
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William J. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259212.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Customs and Excise


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This introductory chapter begins with a historical background of taxation in Britain starting from the late 1600s. It then discusses the purpose of the book, which is to reveal the ingenious ways in which common folks, manufacturers, and traders successfully defied the ever-encroaching hands of state inference and policing. One of the conclusions of the book is that the state, through customs and excise, tried to shape and regulate the production of taxed goods by increasingly standardizing and policing the qualities that defined them. An overview of the six parts of the book is presented.

Keywords:   excise, taxation, tax policy, customs

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