The Dawning of the Modern State: Institutional Reform, Financial Reconstruction and the Penetration of the State in the Austrian Netherlands

01 October 2012 → 30 November 2020
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
enlightenment Austrian Netherlands public finances state formation
Project description

This research project focuses on three consecutive plans of state reform in the eighteenth-century Southern Netherlands, which were chiefly pursued to cut government costs and to maximize tax income. The aim of the project is a better understanding of factors and actors furthering or hindering the modernization of the central governmental apparatus in the era of burgeoning Enlightenment ideas.