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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... role of the Church of England in particular. They appreciate that Britain was not so secularized as historians once claimed and that the Church of England was not so politicized as once was thought. On the other hand, they also ...
... role of 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 ...
... roles. The government was dominated by about fifteen politicians who held the highest posts in the state. These men ... role was less significant than that of the House of Commons, which did certainly control the purse strings of the ...
... role as servants of a personal monarchy and as advocates of an authoritarian state. They preached obedience to the powerful in the state and stressed the authority of the king in particular. They regarded disobedience as a sin and ...
... role in providing education, distributing charity and disseminating news and views. Clerical propaganda played a major role in promoting the notion of a Protestant constitution and of a Protestant people constantly at war with militant ...
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