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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... crown influence; the domination of parliament by the aristocratic, landed elite; the importance of patronage and influence over election results; the survival of ancient institutions of local government; and the predominance of rather ...
... crown and parliament, and between parliament and people. These disputes sometimes led to armed conflict and political revolution, but, much more often, they have produced minor shifts in the balance of power and in constitutional ...
... crown even to protect their lives, liberties and property. The willingness of men of property to put themselves at the mercy of an absolute king can be explained only by their horror of 'mob' rule and their fear of social revolution ...
... crown (in order to remove a Catholic monarch who could not be trusted to uphold the ancient constitution) and by restating the traditional privileges of parliament and the ancient liberties of the subject by such measures as the Bill of ...
... crown, the House of 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 ...
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