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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... increasingly urbanized, secularized and tolerant. They would have celebrated the military, naval and imperial successes which Britain gained in her long rivalry with France, with but a passing nod to the failure in the War of American ...
... increasingly assured; that, for the first time in its history, parliament met every year after 1689; how political parties rose, declined and began to rise again; and how both central and local government were not entirely dominated by ...
... increasingly divided at home between its elite, bourgeois and popular cultures. The landed elite developed an impressively cohesive culture that enabled it to maintain its dominant political and social position. The middling orders in ...
... increasingly brought under the political sway of England? The contributors to this section of the Companion all seek to show what was distinctive about Scotland, Wales and Ireland, how far different communities flourished across the ...
... increasingly difficult to support divine right monarchy and to preach its ideological support for the doctrines of passive obedience and non-resistance. The Toleration Act of 1689 formally allowed Protestant Dissenters to worship freely ...
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