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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... , on the continent, but was subject to strict parliamentary controls. Yet even so, spending on military purposes accounted for the vast majority of the state's expenditure. Between 1688 and 1815 more than 80 per cent of. 20 eckhart ...
... cent to below 5 per cent between the wars against Louis XIV and the wars against Napoleon. Yet government loans were an attractive investment for many contemporaries because the British state was much more creditworthy than its ...
... cent of the total tax revenue, the vast majority of which was generated by the excise. There were a number of reasons why this rigid tax system was, on the whole, accepted, despite occasional protests. There were no tax exemptions for ...
... cent had fewer than 1,000 inhabitants. The administrative tasks were performed by a number of parish officials, including churchwardens, surveyors of the highways, constables and overseers of the poor. Service in the parish offices was ...
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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