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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... dominated by the landed elite, but they would also have stressed that government and parliament did little to interfere with the lives of most British subjects. They would have acknowledged the importance of agriculture, but would have ...
... dominated by a narrow landed elite, but could be influenced by large numbers of people. Moreover, while Britons enjoyed the rule of law and greater liberties than before, and while Britain became the most efficient fiscal-military state ...
... dominant political and social position. The middling orders in society sometimes sought to ape that culture, but in urban areas an enlightened culture arose which was both distinct from and also intersected with the elite culture of the ...
... dominate the Atlantic slave trade and to govern large numbers of non-European subjects across the world. These achievements brought resentment and even resistance, as well as political and economic benefits. Without clear government ...
... dominated government and parliament, those who admired the existing constitution confidently asserted that the British people possessed as much liberty as was consistent with the preservation of social order. On the other hand, there ...
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