By Bob Harris
Harris offers a brand new photo of political existence in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Drawing on loads of unique fabric, the booklet argues that British politics and political tradition in that interval have usually been poorly understood via overemphasis on "stability." utilizing a thematic process, it in actual fact reconstructs a political global within which important matters endured to workout the minds and feelings of these who made up the modern "political nation," a gaggle that integrated excess of a handful of politicians who competed for nationwide office.
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Evident from , the pattern became even more marked in the s, although it was complicated to some extent by awareness that a new monarch would reign before long, which gave new political salience to the Linda Colley, In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party – (Cambridge, ). J. B. Owen, ‘George II Reconsidered’, in A. Whiteman, J. S. Bromley, and P. G. M. ), Statesmen, Scholars and Merchants (Oxford, ), –. , The World Turned Inside Out: New Views on George II (Leicester, ).
40 The histories of England, Scotland, Ireland, and indeed Wales were overlapping, but separate. Time and time again, developments resist a common interpretative framework. Ireland poses a particular difficulty in this regard. Its relationship to Britain and Britishness was riven with ambiguity; familar concepts, for example, ‘the Protestant interest’ or ‘Patriotism’, take on different meanings in Ireland, reflecting its distinctive constitutional and religious identity (or rather identities). Even the term ‘Briton’ is peculiarly problematic when applied to Irish society.
35 For Newcastle’s diplomacy in this period, see Reed Browning, ‘The Duke of Newcastle and the Imperial Election Plan, –’, JBS (), –. 33 34 32 Political World briefly threatened, with Newcastle, through Pitt, making overtures to the junior court. It was only the death of the Prince of Wales in March which allowed the Pelhams to force Bedford from office. What made the rivalries of – so damaging to governmental, if not political, stability was unfolding conflict between Britain and France in North America and the outbreak in of general war in Europe.
Politics and the Nation: Britain in the Mid-Eighteenth Century by Bob Harris