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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... established a clear and inviolable rule, namely, indefeasible hereditary succession, to prevent a dangerous hiatus between the death of one ruler and his replacement by the legitimate heir. Subjects could not lawfully oppose the ...
... established 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 ...
... established a link between the state-building process and economic development have argued along similar lines. Among others, Charles Tilly and Brian Downing have suggested that the extraction of resources was simpler in a highly ...
... established or restructured. The Treasury, as the body controlling both income and expenditure, was at the heart of this new institutional arrangement. And the period saw an increase in the number of centrally appointed, highly ...
... established local authorities were unable, or unwilling, to undertake certain tasks. Thus, at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) took up the cause of founding charity ...
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