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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... House of Lords and the House of 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 ...
... Lords and Commons. Each of these institutions possessed its own peculiar privileges and distinct functions. As chief ... house of parliament as of right, and formed the highest court ofjustice in the land. The members of the House of ...
... House of Lords did not directly oppose moneyraising bills in the eighteenth century and hence its constitutional role was less significant than that of the House of Commons, which did certainly control the purse strings of the state. The ...
... Lords until the 1780s (another sixty or so were created in the last two decades of the eighteenth century). Some peers never attended because they were Catholics, too old and infirm, or too poor to afford the expense of another house ...
... House of Lords, the House of Commons could never be managed by patronage alone. Any successful administration had to have other means to influence the votes of the independent backbenchers. The leading ministers gathered able men of ...
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