Just over one decade ago, Pierre Branda published a study of Napoleonic public finance. The study marks a turning point in the historiography of Napoleonic war financing because, through relying on well-researched quantitative data, Branda lays to rest the long-held myth that Napoleon ‘made war pay for war’. However, the Franco-centric conceptualization of Napoleonic resource extraction and the temporal delineation have resulted in a prism that omits certain sources of revenue. This omission has a bearing on Branda’s overall assessment of Napoleonic war financing. Through exploring French resource extraction in the Netherlands through forcing the Dutch to pay for the maintenance of a French contingent, this article builds on Branda’s work to shed a new light on the success of Napoleonic resource extraction and war financing.

The Netherlands, Revolutionary and Napoleonic History, War Financing, Fiscal-Military State, Diplomacy and International Relations
dx.doi.org/10.18352/tseg.1102, hdl.handle.net/1765/131184
Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
Department of History

Hay, M.E. (2020). Making War Pay for War?. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 17(2), 55–82. doi:10.18352/tseg.1102