Enlightened absolutism A) was based more on practical measures to strengthen the power of the state than to "reform" and free their populations. B) was best illustrated by the activity of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. C) was truly applied only briefly, in the ten months before the death of Emelyan Pugachev. D) was limited by the desires of the middle classes to retain their special advantages. E) best describes the British government in the eighteenth century.