By H. T. Dickinson
This authoritative significant other introduces readers to the advancements that result in Britain turning into an outstanding international strength, the top ecu imperial nation, and, even as, the main economically and socially complicated, politically liberal and religiously tolerant country in Europe.
- Covers political, social, cultural, monetary and non secular heritage. Written via a global staff of specialists.
- Examines Britain's place from the point of view of different ecu nations.
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There was a profound and prolonged debate between those who were conﬁdent that the British people did in reality possess considerable liberty and those who believed that they were being denied their liberty by a corrupt and reactionary governing elite. These differences rested, in part, upon conﬂicting assessments of what government and parliament were in fact doing to and for the subject, and, in part, on different perceptions of those legitimate rights and liberties which the people as a whole ought to possess.
It offered a focus to their daily lives and a consolation in death. 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.
He was almost always the head of the Treasury. The prime minister, however, did not have as much authority as modern holders of this title. He did not appoint the rest of the cabinet – the monarch did. Although he might labour hard to bring in his friends and to exclude his rivals, this could be done only by gaining the ear of the monarch, usually through informal meetings in the royal closet. There was no doctrine of cabinet solidarity. Ministers might quite often disagree with one another and compete for the monarch’s support for their particular point of view.
A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain by H. T. Dickinson