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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... liberties than before, and while Britain became the most efficient fiscal-military state in Europe and developed a particularly effective finance and taxation system, the political system and the ruling elite were seriously challenged ...
... liberties', and yet Britain also came to 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 ...
... liberties of the subject. We then need to look at how the political system operated within these constitutional restraints: looking at the role of the monarch and his ministers, at the management of parliament and at church–state ...
... liberties of Englishmen were of ancient vintage. It was firmly believed that this ancient constitution could be traced back to the AngloSaxon era before the Norman Conquest of 1066. This concept of the ancient constitution was used by ...
... liberties of the subject, they appealed instead to reason and morality to justify the rights of the subject. Thomas Paine, in particular, argued that it was not sufficient to look back to the Glorious Revolution or to any earlier ...
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