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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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...declined significantly over the 19th century due mainly to the absence of major wars. Debt servicing fell from 54 per cent of government expenditure in 1830 to 34 per cent by 1880 . However, maintaining the armed forces remained the main item of government expenditure, absorbing about a third of the budget. By contrast education expenditure was 0.2 per cent in 1830 ; by 1880 it was 4 per cent Law and order rose from 0.7 per cent to 8 per cent. Paying for this was, of course, the taxpayer. Britain was a lightly and, comparatively speaking, fairly taxed...