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STRENGTH OF NATIONS.

AN HISTORICAL RETROSPECT.

BY

ANDREW BISSET,

Of Trinity College, Cambridge, M.A., and of Lincoln's Inn,

Barrister-at-Law,

LONDON: SMITH, ELDER & CO.

1859.

06:29 07 NEW-YORS

PREFACE.

The causes of the strength and weakness of a nation, so far as our own country is concerned, and in contradistinction to its wealth and commercial prosperity, have for some time occupied my thoughts; and I have employed much time in investigating minutely the records of one portion of the history of England, with a view of pointing out the evils in our systems of government and taxation, which appear to me to have sown the seeds of future disasters. But it is only lately that the critical aspect of affairs in Europe induced me to open up the subject of “ The Strength of Nations,” in order to recal to my contemporaries the lessons of the past as warnings, in the hope that they may be used to correct present evils, and avert possible and perhaps imminent dangers.

The Strength of Nations is a subject equally vast in its extent and in its importance; involving as it

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