Readings in Modern European History

Readings in Modern European History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...will be remembered that about four fifths of the English people live in towns, and accordingly the citizens are more directly affected by their respective municipal governments than by Parliament at Westminster. It is now a well-known fact that English cities are among the most honestly governed municipalities in the world, and the revolutionary character of the changes which have come about during the nineteenth century will be apparent to any one who takes the trouble to examine the reports of the commissioners charged with investigating municipal government before the first great municipal reform of 1835, from which a brief extract is made here. The most common and most striking defect in the constitu-297. Abuses tion of the Municipal Corporations of England and Wales is, inm"nicipal 1 f i-1 111 government that the corporate bodies exist independently of the communi-before the ties among which they are found. The Corporations look reform of upon themselves, and are considered by the inhabitants, as l83; separate and exclusive bodies; they have powers and privileges within the towns and cities from which they are named, but in most places all identity of interest between the Corporation and the inhabitants has disappeared.... Some Corporations are occasionally spoken of as exercising The"freetheir privileges through a popular body: but in the widest men.."...,, ., ., the towns sense in which the term popular body is used in regard to corporate towns, it designates only the whole body of freemen; and in most towns the freemen are a small number, compared with the respectable inhabitants interested in their municipal government, and possessing every qualification, except a legal one, to take a part in it. more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912039
  • 9781236912039