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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... clergy accepted their role as servants of a personal monarchy and as advocates of an authoritarian state. They ... clergy – expressed the dissatisfaction of many clergy in the earlier eighteenth century, but, when the disputes reached ...
... clergy because so many clergymen obtained their livings through lay patronage. The church as a whole still possessed considerable wealth and property and it continued to play a major role in providing education, distributing charity and ...
... clergy joined their ranks. JPs were not professional officials such as were increasingly found in the bureaucracies of the continental states during the eighteenth century because they were not remunerated for their work, and they had ...
... clergy who performed semi-official functions. Often, too, the organs of the estates were also involved in the administration of a territory. Second, the much-derided English amateur officials were by no means incompetent officeholders ...
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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