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The English Constitution and the First Efforts to Reform the Commonwealth (1763–1768)

Butterwick Richard

in Poland’s Last King and English Culture

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207016
eISBN:
9780191677441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207016.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The English constitution had a minor influence on the constitutional reforms that the Czartoryskis and Stanislaw August enacted. The model for the treasury and military commissions was probably the ... More


Bagehot's System

Brian Harrison

in The Transformation of British Politics 1860–1995

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198731214
eISBN:
9780191694967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198731214.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

Walter Bagehot was a brilliant essayist, a master at setting the career of a public figure into its political context, and at explaining how the world works. As a Liberal, his serious-minded ... More


‘Less Showy Means’: From the Confederacy of Bar to the Four Year Seym

Butterwick Richard

in Poland’s Last King and English Culture

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207016
eISBN:
9780191677441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207016.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Modern History

While the Partition looked unavoidable, Stanislaw August hoped that the Commonwealth might be able to trade its ratification of it for an improved form of government, and that Austria would support ... More


The End of the Era, 1660–1683:: Balance, Nobility, Resistance

Arihiro Fukuda

in Sovereignty and the Sword: Harrington, Hobbes, and Mixed Government in the English Civil Wars

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206835
eISBN:
9780191677328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206835.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Political History

This chapter examines the failure of Thomas Hobbes and James Harrington's proposed theories of sovereignty to put an end to anarchy in England. During the Restoration regime, the government was able ... More


The Transformation of British Politics 1860–1995

Brian Harrison

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198731214
eISBN:
9780191694967
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198731214.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

The British political system, though often criticised, has been the model and the inspiration for many national governments worldwide. Yet it is now at the centre of controversial debate within ... More


Songs from the Woods; or, Outlaw Lyrics

Nicholas Roe

in John Keats and the Culture of Dissent

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186298
eISBN:
9780191674495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186298.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The chapter states that the tougher, more independent streak in Keats's poetic personality would eventually be a factor in his growing dissatisfaction with Hunt early in 1818. The sonnet, ‘This ... More


English Law and the Renaissance

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume VI 1483–1558

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198258179
eISBN:
9780191681806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines the history of English law during the Renaissance. Though this period of intellectual revolution brought many striking changes in English society and culture, the common law of ... More


David Hume: Constitution by Convention

John W. Adams

in Constitutions and the Classics: Patterns of Constitutional Thought from Fortescue to Bentham

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198714989
eISBN:
9780191783142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714989.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines Hume’s views on the English Constitution and his reputation as an important political philosopher. It addresses the following questions: On what basis does Hume support his ... More


General Features of the Constitution

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England: Volume VI 1483–1558

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198258179
eISBN:
9780191681806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter examines the general features of the English constitution during the Tudor period. There is little to be found regarding general constitutional principles from Tudor legal sources. ... More


A Society of Orders

Noah Dauber

in State and Commonwealth: The Theory of the State in Early Modern England, 1549-1640

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170305
eISBN:
9781400881017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170305.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines Sir Thomas Smith's account of political development in the form of a description of the Elizabethan state in his De Republica Anglorum. More specifically, it considers Smith's ... More


The Exile’s Tale: Stephen Langton and the Road to Magna Carta

Richard Huscroft

in Tales From the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300187250
eISBN:
9780300187281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300187250.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter explores the tale of Stephen Langton, which involves whispered plotting, sworn alliances, and the depiction of a resolute leader bent on reforming the realm with the support of a group ... More


The Scholar vs. the Statesman: Thomas Hobbes and Edward Coke

Mary Ann Glendon

in The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to Eleanor Roosevelt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199782451
eISBN:
9780190252533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782451.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter focuses on the conflict between the philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and eminent jurist and parliamentarian Edward Coke (1552–1634). While the two men never actually met, Hobbes' ... More


Introduction

Green Georgina

in The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689064
eISBN:
9780191768170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689064.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The introduction lays out the argument of the book, circling around a discussion of Wordsworth’s hesitant expression of reverence for ‘the people, philosophically characterized’. Touching on the ... More


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