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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

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

Marc Mulholland

Oxford University Press

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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