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Pitt the Elder : British Lives - Professor Jeremy Black

Pitt the Elder

British Lives


Published: 26th April 1993
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This book offers a readable yet scholarly account of the life of one of the greatest statesmen of empire, William Pitt the Elder, First Earl of Chatham (1708-78). Chatham is seen as a political outsider who rose to direct British policy in the Seven Years War, the crucial struggle that gave Canada to Britain. A critic of domestic corruption, he was subsequently a champion of American liberties. Chatham's achievement was all the more remarkable for a politician who was dogged for much of his life by poor physical health and considerable mental stress. His position as an outsider was crucial: it helped make his reputation, and to make him an unsettling figure. It also caused problems when he gained office, but it ensured Chatham was and seemed, 'different'. He was a man with whom the national interest could be associated, not simply because he made the claim himself, but also because he seemed apart from the world of court and connection.

A political outsider and his world
A very inflammatory politician: the rise to high office, 1735-1756
War minister
`Greatness going off? Pitt, 1761-1778
Chatham as Hanoverian Patriot.
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ISBN: 9780521398060
ISBN-10: 0521398061
Series: British Lives
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 26th April 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45