The Politics of War and Finance
THE PROBLEMS of the peace were many. Some had long-range consequences that lasted far beyond the years of the Confederation. Others had immediate impact. Of this latter kind, the two most important were the demobilization of the army, and the payment of the war debt. Both had widespread political implications and were the subject of sharply differing opinions. Both were rooted in the years of war and continued into the years of peace, but the coming of peace itself brought them to a sharp and sudden crisis which threatened a political revolution before they could be solved, or at least evaded by the passage of time.
The story of the battles, marches, and counter-marches of the revolutionary armies is a simple one compared with other problems which plagued the country before and after the war and____________________