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An Historical View of the English Government consists of three parts, concerned with the most substantive revolutions in English government and manners: from the Saxon settlement to the Norman Conquest, from the Norman Conquest to the accession of James I, and from James I to the Glorious Revolution. Through these three phases Millar traces the development of the “great outlines of the English constitution”—the history of institutions of English liberty from Saxon antiquity to the revolution settlement of 1689. Millar demonstrates serious concern for the maintenance of liberties achieved through revolution and maintains that the manners of a commercial nation, while particularly suited to personal and political liberty, are not such as to secure liberty forever.

The historical context that An Historical View provides makes it an excellent complement to Liberty Fund’s The Glasgow Edition of the Works of Adam Smith and The History of England by David Hume.

John Millar (1735–1801) explored, through his works, the nature of English governance through a prism of the natural law tradition and Scottish philosophical history. Millar was a student of Adam Smith’s at Glasgow University and his most important immediate intellectual heir. His works provide an essential linkage to Smith.

Mark Salber Phillips is Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Dale R. Smith completed his doctorate in history at the University of British Columbia.

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History and Director of the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, England.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Abbreviations used in the Notes
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. An Historical View of English Government: Volume I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Advertisement
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. To the Right Honourable Charles James Fox
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Chapter I. Preliminary Account of the State of Britain under the Dominion of the Romans.
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. Chapter II. Character and Manners of the Saxons.
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. Chapter III. Settlement of the Saxons in Britain.
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. Chapter V. The State of Property, and the different Ranks and Orders of Men, produced by the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain.
  2. pp. 72-92
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  1. Chapter VI. Institution of Tythings, Hundreds, and Counties.
  2. pp. 93-107
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  1. Chapter VII. Of the Wittenagemote.
  2. pp. 108-121
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  1. Chapter VIII. State of the Sovereign in the primitive Anglo-Saxon Government.
  2. pp. 122-133
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  1. Chapter IX. Of the principal Events from the Reign of Egbert to the Norman Conquest.
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. Chapter X. Variations in the State of Tythings, Hundreds, and Shires.
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. Chapter XI. Changes produced in the Condition of the Vassals, and of the Peasants.
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. Chapter XII. The Influence of these Changes upon the Jurisdiction and Authority of the feudal Lords.
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. Chapter XIII. Of Ecclesiastical Courts.
  2. pp. 177-183
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  1. Chapter XIV. Alterations in the State of the Wittenagemote. Conclusion of the Saxon Period.
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. Volume II
  2. pp. 193-194
  1. Contents
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Book II. Of the English Government from the Reign of William the Conqueror, to the Accession of the House of Stewart.
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Chapter II. In what Manner the Changes produced in the Reign of William the Conqueror affected the State of the national Council.
  2. pp. 239-249
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  1. Chapter III. Of the ordinary Courts of Justice after the Norman Conquest.
  2. pp. 250-260
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  1. Chapter IV. Progress of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Authority.
  2. pp. 261-269
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  1. Chapter V. General View of the kingly Power, from the Reign of Edward I. to that of Henry VII.
  2. pp. 270-287
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  1. Chapter VI. History of the Parliament in the same Period.
  2. pp. 288-325
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  1. Chapter VII. Alterations in the State of the ordinary Courts of Justice.
  2. pp. 326-372
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  1. Chapter VIII. Of the Circumstances which promoted Commerce, Manufactures, and the Arts, in modern Europe, and particularly in England.
  2. pp. 373-385
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  1. Chapter IX. Of Henry the Seventh.—Circumstances which, in his Reign, contributed to the Exaltation of the Crown.—Review of the Government of this Period.
  2. pp. 386-402
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  1. Chapter X. Of Henry the Eighth.—The Reformation.—Its Causes.—The Effects of it upon the Influence of the Crown.
  2. pp. 403-411
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  1. Volume III
  2. pp. 433-434
  1. Contents
  2. pp. 435-436
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 437-442
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  1. Chapter I. Review of the Government of Scotland.
  2. pp. 443-484
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  1. Chapter III. In what Manner the Political System was Affected by the State of Religious Opinions.
  2. pp. 499-509
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  1. Chapter IV. Progress of the Disputes between the King and Parliament, during the Reigns of James I. and of Charles I.
  2. pp. 510-589
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  1. Chapter V. Of Oliver Cromwell, and the Protectorate.
  2. pp. 590-608
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  1. Chapter VI. Of the Reign of Charles II. and James II.
  2. pp. 609-637
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  1. Chapter VII. Of the Revolution-Settlement; and the Reign of William and Mary.
  2. pp. 638-664
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  1. Volume IV
  2. pp. 665-666
  1. Contents
  2. pp. 667-668
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  1. Chapter I. Review of the Government of Ireland.
  2. pp. 669-698
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  1. Chapter II. Political Consequences of the Revolution—Subsequent Changes in the State of the Nation—Influence of the Crown.
  2. pp. 699-712
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  1. Chapter IV. How far the Advancement of Commerce and Manufactures has contributed to the Extension and Diffusion of Knowledge and Literature.
  2. pp. 729-739
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  1. Chapter V. The Separation of the different Branches of Knowledge; and the Division of the liberal Arts and of the Sciences.
  2. pp. 740-745
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  1. Chapter VI. The Effects of Commerce and Manufactures, and of Opulence and Civilization, upon the Morals of a People.
  2. pp. 746-786
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  1. Chapter VII. The Progress of Science relative to Law and Government.
  2. pp. 787-807
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  1. Chapter VIII. The gradual Advancement of the Fine Arts—Their influence upon Government.
  2. pp. 808-838
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  1. Appendix 1: Authorities Cited in the Text and in Millar’s Notes
  2. pp. 839-846
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  1. Appendix 2: Main Historiographical Sources for Millar’s Narrative to 1688
  2. pp. 847-854
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 855-890
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781614878339
Print ISBN
9780865974456
MARC Record
OCLC
271625352
Pages
917
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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