By Charles K. Rowley, Bin Wu

ISBN-10: 3319046837

ISBN-13: 9783319046839

ISBN-10: 3319046845

ISBN-13: 9783319046846

This ebook bargains an analytic heritage of Britannia (first England and Wales after which nice Britain) over 8 hundred years of political turmoil, intermingled with monetary stagnation, via the engine of the commercial revolution. The booklet attracts on economics, political technology, public selection, philosophy and the legislations to probe extensive into the evolution of Britannia from an impoverished feudal after which post-feudal autocracy right into a constitutional monarchy with constrained suffrage that supplied the fulcrum for commercial and advertisement luck, making Britannia, by way of 1884, the richest state, in step with capita, on this planet. The ebook demanding situations head-on the Whiggist liberal inspiration of Macaulay and Trevelyan that the trail from oppression to freedom used to be considered one of unimpeded development. between its novel gains, the publication attracts upon the dictator’s instruction manual, as modeled by means of Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith to guage the interval of various autocracy, 1066-1688. The e-book attracts upon glossy public selection idea and criminal background to guage the delicate, corrupt constitutional monarchy that oversaw the preliminary part of post-Glorious Revolution Britannia, 1689-1775. At every one level, the philosophical conflict among those that sought order and harmony and those that sought person liberty is meticulously defined. The e-book attracts at the contributions of the Scottish Enlightenment (Hume, Ferguson and Smith) and of classical liberal philosophy (John Stuart Mill) to give an explanation for the ultimate vault of Britannia from a vulnerable and corrupt to a powerful and favourite constitutional monarchy grounded at the rule of legislations, over the interval 1776-1884.

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Henry VII’s army confronted the rebels at Blackheath and defeated them. Warbeck was captured and hanged. The innocent, still imprisoned, Earl of Warwick then was found guilty on a trumped-up charge of conspiracy and was put to death. Thus, the first judicial murder of the Tudor dynasty extinguished the last remaining Plantagenet. Henceforth, Henry VII who would be secure on the throne of England, shrewdly feared much more than he was loved. King Henry VII quickly recognized the true nature of the threat to his leadership, namely the financial poverty of the Crown.

The most significant insurrection, by Roberto di Ridolfi, took the Duke of Norfolk, and nearly Mary, to the scaffold in 1572. Thereafter, with Spain increasingly preoccupied with William of Orange in the Netherlands, Elizabeth confirmed her religious settlement at home and independence abroad. The Puritans, however, were not content with Elizabeth’s compromise and increasingly challenged the Anglican Church and, with it, royal supremacy. In 1583, the Episcopal courts and the Court of High Commission counterattacked with rulings that savored of the Spanish Inquisition, but that surely broke the Presbyterian movement.

In these respects, Northumberland anticipated many of the measures that would benefit England’s economy during the reign of Elizabeth I. Northumberland reformed the nation’s finances, but purloined most of them for himself and his followers. Finally, as King Edward VI lay dying, Northumberland attempted to usurp the throne, marrying one of his sons, Guildford Dudley, to Lady Jane Grey, the eldest granddaughter of Henry VIII’s younger sister, Mary. He persuaded Edward to leave the throne by will to Jane disregarding the superior claims of Henry’s two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.

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