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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... Lords and 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 ...
... 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, aristocracy and ...
... Lords and 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 ...
... Lords 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 ...
... Lords and Commons; and that all British subjects possessed the right to justice in the rule of law, and freedom of conscience and expression, but that only a minority deserved the franchise. In order to understand how this system worked ...
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