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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... civil society and civil government. He went on to argue that the only way to secure the natural rights of all men was to create a written constitution in which all men had the right to vote for the legislature which would make the laws ...
... civil government and returning the people to the state of nature. While the critics of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty did not succeed in having it rejected, they almost certainly convinced even its strongest supporters that ...
... civil liberties ensured the right of subjects to live under the rule of law and to have an equal opportunity of justice. Arbitrary authority was restrained by positive law, ancient custom and common law, or natural law to the extent ...
... civil liberties. It made sense, therefore, to ensure that parliament, and, in particular, the House of 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 ...
... civil servants) sat in parliament in order to promote the passage of government business through the legislature. The House of Lords did not directly oppose moneyraising bills in the eighteenth century and hence its constitutional role ...
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