This classic work of recent historiography broke the hold of the "old guard" on this key period of English history. It has now been extensively rewritten, and in its updated form reinforces its arguments with new evidence and addresses some of the historical preoccupations of the past fifteen years.
'It will force a revision of most of our accepted ideas on the eighteenth century.' John Kenyon, on the first edition '... as bold, as brave, as exciting a book as I have read on the eighteenth century this decade. It breaks the mould of Hanoverian politics.' John Morrill, on the first edition