By H. T. Dickinson
This authoritative spouse introduces readers to the advancements that bring about Britain turning into an outstanding global energy, the top ecu imperial country, and, whilst, the main economically and socially complex, politically liberal and religiously tolerant country in Europe.
- Covers political, social, cultural, monetary and non secular historical past. Written by way of a global workforce of specialists.
- Examines Britain's place from the viewpoint of different ecu nations.
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From Locke onwards several writers defended the right to freedom of worship, though many denied that Protestant Dissenters, Catholics and atheists could claim the same political rights as Anglican Protestants under an essentially Anglican Protestant constitution. Freedom of worship was given to Protestant Dissenters as early as the Toleration Act of 1689, but the survival of the Test and Corporation Acts ensured that they were still legally denied the right to take ofﬁce under the crown or to serve in local government.
The liberties of the subject In the eighteenth century many commentators praised the advantages which British subjects enjoyed as free men living under a free constitution. Although a narrow propertied elite clearly dominated government and parliament, those who admired the existing constitution conﬁdently asserted that the British people possessed as much liberty as was consistent with the preservation of social order. On the other hand, there were also many radical commentators who criticized the actual working of the constitution and they often did so on the grounds that it was failing to safeguard the liberties of the people.
FURTHER READING Browning, Reed: Political and Constitutional Ideas of the Court Whigs (Baton Rouge, LA, 1982). Cannon, John: Aristocratic Century: The Peerage of Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge, 1984). Clark, J. C. : English Society 1688–1832: Ideology, Social Structure and Political Practice during the Ancien Régime (1985; rev. edn, Cambridge, 2000). Dickinson, H. : Walpole and the Whig Supremacy (London, 1973). Dickinson, H. : ‘The eighteenth-century debate on the sovereignty of parliament’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 26 (1976), pp.
A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain by H. T. Dickinson