1707: great britian = act of union => england, scotland, and wales. British empire = control over n america, india, etc. 1714: george of hanover invited to assume the throne; his limited knowledge of english. + egland allows more political power in hands on parliament => ensures no catholic influence. Scientific advancement: newton advances mathematics, scientific method, last vestiges of heliocentricism eliminated. Technology: coal mining, steam engine accelerate industrial revolution. Tabula rasa = mind is blank at birth + imprinted w ideas through experience. Decorum: fitness of genre + style to subject matter; etiquette. Reason: human capacity to analyze + understand, including but not limited to logic; inductive reason. Wit: refined cleverness, sees diff in apparent different things, More terms: -> egalitarian, rational, etc. mysterious/spiritual nature seen by romantics. Nature: universally shared, unchanging features of humanity; not. > exemplified in works of ancient poets esp. Homer: those things which delight all ages must have been an imitation of nature .