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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... became increasingly assured; that, for the first time in its history, parliament met every year after 1689; how political parties rose, declined and began to rise again; and how both central and local government were not entirely ...
... became a rising force in the late eighteenth century. Scotland retained her own distinctive established church after the Union of 1707, but it too faced competition from other sects and churches. In Ireland Protestant Dissent was a ...
... became one of the most heavily taxed nations in Europe. The British state extracted more in taxes from its subjects than did absolutist France, and from the late seventeenth century the curve of tax revenue was a steeply rising one ...
... became active when the established local authorities were unable, or unwilling, to undertake certain tasks. Thus, at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) took up the cause ...
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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