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They noticed the flourishing ports, the exciting new turnpike road network, and impressive canal system. An 18th century German pastor who walked round England, said, with evident feeling, that the country was ‘a land of carriages and horses.’ Commerce and affluence were intertwined.

In 1763 Casanova (an interesting social commentator, not just a famous lover) noted ‘the general cleanliness, the beauty of the country and the excellent cultivation, the nourishing quality of the food, the beauty of the roads, and of the post chaises, and the reasonableness of the prices they charged, …

This document collection provides documentary content for section on The Later Years of George II, 1742–1760: The 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Edexcel A level History 9H10, Paper 3, Breadth topics: This document collection provides documentary content for aspects of life in Georgian Britain.

OCR History H505 British Period study and enquiry (unit group 1): Y109: The Making of Georgian Britain 1678-c1760: Key topic: Aspects of Politics 1714-1780: Jacobitism the ’15 and the ‘45. In the 17th century, the British Isles were seen as backward, politically unstable and irrelevant to the rest of Europe.

by Professor Amanda Vickery No educated continental European would have bothered to read or even speak English in 1700. By 1850, Britain was the ‘Workshop of the World’, the centre of the global economy, the richest, most powerful and advanced nation of earth.

The resource includes an introduction by a historian of the period, Amanda Vickery, and there is a link to the family tree of the House of Hanover to help provide further context to the documents.The manufactories of Birmingham and Manchester were places considered so remarkable that they deserved to be visited by rich tourists.The British saw themselves as a polite and commercial people.It brought into being the remarkably effective state financial apparatus (such as the Bank of England) that was to underpin Britain’s military success and commercial boom.Foreigners emphasised that much of Britain’s prosperity was commercial; indeed that this was a distinctively commercial society.

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