Grieco provides a detailed and well-argued analysis of the mechanisms involved in the financial support provided to the Spanish Crown by individual subjects and corporate entities during times of military crises. Included in her analysis is the complex political weave embedded in these material contributions. She focuses on the age of international wars among European powers during the 1790s, including brief but significant military engagements within the territories of the Río de la Plata, and ending with the stirrings of revolution in Buenos Aires in 1810/11. Grieco’s larger objective involves placing the Spanish system of public financing in a comparative context involving English and French practices.

Grieco focuses on the donativo system whereby the Crown called on its subjects to respond to financially patriotic calls for help in a time of dire need. She analyzes a rich trove of qualitative and quantitative data drawn from administrative account books to present...

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