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This authoritative significant other introduces readers to the advancements that bring about Britain changing into an excellent global strength, the major eu imperial kingdom, and, even as, the main economically and socially complicated, politically liberal and religiously tolerant country in Europe.

  • Covers political, social, cultural, monetary and spiritual heritage. Written by means of a world crew of specialists.
  • Examines Britain's place from the viewpoint of alternative ecu nations.

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The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 also meant the end of the powers of religious censorship previously exercised by the church. Unorthodox religious views and anti-clerical arguments flourished in the eighteenth-century press. Throughout the eighteenth century most conservative clergy of the Church of England wished to return to a situation in which church and state worked together to support an authoritarian regime. Almost all of the clergy wished at least to maintain the remaining privileges of the Church of England.

It is necessary in particular to look at the authority of the monarch and royal ministers, the management of parliament, and the relations between church and state. Crown and executive In the earlier eighteenth century there were serious disputes and armed conflict about whether the Hanoverians or the Stuarts should sit on the throne, but at no stage was there marked hostility to monarchy as such and there was generally considerable support for those prerogatives of the crown that had survived the Glorious Revolution of 1688–9.

Dickinson The age of the democratic revolution in the late eighteenth century saw the beginnings of modern written constitutions, most notably the American Constitution of 1787 and a succession of constitutions in revolutionary France in the 1790s. The essential feature of the British constitution is not simply that it predates any of these modern constitutions, but that it is unwritten. Although some fundamental features of the British constitution were written down in legislative documents – for example, the Bill of Rights, the Act of Settlement, and the Act of Union between England and Scotland – the English (later the British) constitution has evolved over centuries in various ways which were never written down.

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