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1948. English Constitutional History by S. B. Chrimes

Chrimes, S.B. 'English Constitutional History', published in 1978 in paperback by OPUS (Oxford University Press), 148pp, ISBN 0198880162. Condition: Good, clean & tidy copy with mild tanning to internal pages & cover. Price: £4.25, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.57 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • English Constitutional History [top]
    Written by S. B. Chrimes; General Humanities Editor: Keith Thomas
    First published in 1948 in Great Britain in the Home University Library
    2nd Edition published in 1953
    3rd Edition published in 1965
    4th Edition first published in 1967 as an Oxford University Press paperback
    Reprinted in 1973; and 1978
    1978 reprint: 148 pages, ISBN 0198880162 , with an original UK retail price of £1.75 net

About this book/synopsis: Beginning with an introductory sketch of the principal features of the modern Constitution of England, this book then gives an account of the processes which, through the centuries of English history, have made the present Constitution what it is. Thus, Part 1 describes the normal characteristics of the Constitution. Part II discusses its medieval foundations, the origins of central government, and the struggle between the king and the magnates for its control. Part III traces developments in the 16th and 17th Centuries , the zenith of medieval ideas of government under the Tudors, and the conflicts of principle and their settlement by compromise during the 17th Century. Part IV deals with the 18th Century form of government, the reform of Parliament, and the rise of Cabinet government in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Introduction: the eternal problem of government and the English Solution
1. The Constitution of England - Introductory; His Majesty - the King and the Crown; His Majesty's Servants: The Cabinet and Ministers of the Crown; His Majesty's Civil Servants: Departments of State; The King in Parliament: 'My Lords and Members of the House of Commons'; His Majesty's Judges and H. M. Government; His Majesty's Subjects and the Law of the Land
2. Medieval Foundations: the origins of central government; the struggle between KIng and Magnates for the control of central government
3. Developments in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: the zenith of the medieval constitution; conflicts of principle; settlement by compromise
4. From the 18th to the 20th Century - the separation of powers, and government by influence; the reform of Parliament; The Rise of Cabinet Government
Epilogue; Select Bibliography; Index


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