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Party Ideology and Popular Politics at the Accession of George III - John Brewer

Party Ideology and Popular Politics at the Accession of George III

Paperback Published: 8th February 1982
ISBN: 9780521287012
Number Of Pages: 396

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This book is a reappraisal of English politics in the first decade of George III's reign. It sets out to explain how party politics changed, and what problems that created for the parliamentary elite. The issues of party, of patriotism as it manifested itself in the elder Pitt's political career, and of the relations between the notions of ministerial responsibility and the powers of the Crown are all used to illuminate the nature of political conflict. Special emphasis is placed on Burke's notions of party. The schisms created by this reconfiguration of party politics, Dr Brewer argues, had effects beyond Westminster. He discusses extra-parliamentary forms of political expression, notably the press, and goes on to show how the career of John Wilkes and the critique of British politics developed by American radicals gave focus to a variety of political discontents, and produced new arguments in favour of parliamentary reform. Throughout his study he emphasises the interplay between popular and parliamentary politics. His work is designed to show that the 'political nation' included many other than the parliamentary classes, and that the political conflicts of the period cannot be properly understood without a full examination of political ideology.

Hanoverian politics and the 1760s
Historiography and method
The Reconfiguration of Politics
Whig and tort
Opposition and the proprietary parties
From Old Corps to Rockinghamite whigs: the emergence of a party
Pitt and patriotism: a case study in political argument
Ministerial responsibility and the powers of the Crown
An Alternative Structure of Politics
The press in the 1760s
Focused Radicalism
Personality, propaganda and ritual: Wilkes and the Wilkites
American ideology and British radicalism the case for parliamentary reform
Two Political Nations
The politicians, the press and the public
The present discontents party ideology and public unrest
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ISBN: 9780521287012
ISBN-10: 0521287014
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 8th February 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.58