Absolutism and Transformation in England

Marc Mulholland

in Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653577
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744594 | DOI:
Absolutism and Transformation in England

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This chapter discusses the relationship, in historical and theoretical terms, between capitalism and the state, and between the tax-state and early modern absolutism. The case study of British development from the Elizabethan Age, through the Civil Wars of the 1640s and the Glorious Revolution, into the eighteenth-century is considered. The particular model of British constitutionalism – balancing a strong executive state with vibrant parliamentarianism fostering commercialism - is outlined. In a return to historicized theory, the question is discussed of what agency – bourgeoisie, aristocracy, or state – is prior in constitutional modernization.

Keywords: absolutism; constitutionalism; Glorious Revolution; English Civil Wars; Taxation

Chapter.  9978 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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