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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of FearFrom Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism$
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Marc Mulholland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.001.0001

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Absolutism and Transformation in England

Absolutism and Transformation in England

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(p.13) 1 Absolutism and Transformation in England
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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear
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Marc Mulholland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.003.0002

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

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