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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... important features. These historians stressed the aristocratic nature and characteristics of Britain, with a long ... importance of agriculture, but would have recognized the growing wealth of the country based on commercial and ...
... important topics which will provide the reader with a sound understanding of many of the most important features of eighteenth-century Britain as they are now being investigated and understood by leading historians in these fields. The ...
... important civil liberty which was conceded by many commentators. From Locke onwards several writers defended the right to freedom of worship, though many denied that Protestant Dissenters, Catholics and atheists could claim the same ...
... important task of choosing the nation's representatives. The franchise was rightly restricted to men of property, who could be trusted to exercise it wisely. They firmly rejected the radical claim that the vote should be given to the ...
... important decisions were taken in advance by a less formal inner cabinet of about half a dozen ministers (usually including the head of the Treasury, the two secretaries of state, the lord chancellor and the lord president of the ...
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