A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain
H. T. Dickinson
John Wiley & Sons, 2008 M04 15 - 592 pages
This authoritative Companion introduces readers to the developments that lead to Britain becoming a great world power, the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe.
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... Commons, and subjects had the right to resist tyranny. Building upon these foundations, they asserted that the political institutions of the country and the liberties of Englishmen were of ancient vintage. It was firmly believed that ...
... Commons. This mixed form of government achieved the greatest number of advantages and the fewest evils of any political system. Three pure forms of government were recognized: namely, monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. Unfortunately ...
... Commons. Each of these institutions possessed its own peculiar privileges and distinct functions. As chief magistrate the king was above the law, was the fount of honour and public office, was the unchallenged head of the executive, and ...
... Commons embodied this sovereign authority. Parliament could act as it saw fit and its actions could not be undone by any power on earth except a subsequent parliament. In his immensely influential Commentaries on the Laws of England ...
... Commons, was in a position to resist the abuse of power by the executive and was strong enough to defend the liberties of the subject. It was generally agreed that this could be done only if the House of Commons represented the people ...
Part II The Economy and Society
Part III Religion
Part IV Culture
Part V Union and Disunion in the British Isles
Part VI Britain and the Wider World