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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... ministers, at the management of parliament and at church–state relations. The origins of the constitution During the eighteenth century three different notions of the origins of the constitution were in contention – divine right, the ...
... ministers were introducing legislation which was contrary to the spirit of the constitution. Government policies towards the American colonies in the 1760s and 1770s were frequently condemned in Britain as well as in the colonies for ...
... ministers, the management of parliament, and the relations between church and state. Crown and executive In the ... ministers were not in office because a majority in parliament, still less a majority of the electorate, had put them ...
... Ministers could be dismissed at any time by the monarch, even while they seemed to retain majority support in parliament. The privy council ceased to act as a governing body in the eighteenth century, though it retained some honorific ...
... ministers suffered relatively few defeats in the eighteenth century. The House of Commons was a larger chamber: 513MPs prior to the union with Scotland in 1707 and a further forty-five MPs thereafter. The Act of Union with Ireland in ...
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