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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... monarch and the strength of crown influence; the domination of parliament by the aristocratic, landed elite; the importance of patronage and influence over election results; the survival of ancient institutions of local government; and ...
... monarch and the greater nobility, between crown and parliament, and between parliament and people. These disputes sometimes led to armed conflict and political revolution, but, much more often, they have produced minor shifts in the ...
... monarch and his 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 ...
... monarch's authority had always been limited, the constitution was based on a mixed form of government, the supreme authority in the kingdom was the legislature ofKing, Lords and Commons, and subjects had the right to resist tyranny ...
... monarch who misused his power could still threaten to overturn the delicate balance of the constitution. The sovereignty of parliament In the eighteenth century most men were convinced that their property, their privileges and their ...
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