British Politics in the Age of Anne by Geoffrey Holmes


By Geoffrey Holmes

British Politics within the Age of Anne is a publication that anybody with an curiosity within the interval will desire to own: thoroughly authoritative, but as appealing to the scholar and the overall reader as to the expert. the writer has either revised the textual content and written a considerable new creation to this version.  Geoffrey Holmes unearths how little the constitution and contents of politics less than Queen Anne had in universal with the connexion-ridden scene of the mid-eighteenth century, as portrayed by means of Namier. He depicts a interval of fierce and real social gathering clash, during which society at many degrees used to be divided by means of nice problems with precept and coverage. via widespread and hotly-contested elections and lengthy parliamentary campaigns either Whigs and Tories loved triumphs and suffered failures. And whereas suffering opposed to each other, each one needed to take care of inner factions and pressure-groups, the divisive thrust of non-public targets and the hostility of the queen to unmarried get together rule.  British politics within the Age of Anne is greater than a tremendous paintings of study and a historiographical landmark. by way of liberal use of citation, eye for element, experience of surroundings and vibrant personality sketches of either top and lesser personae, Professor Holmes recreates the original political lifetime of the excessive Augustan age.

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L. Colley and M. Goldie, 'The Principles and Practice of Eighteenth-Century Party', Hist. Journ. 22 (1979), p. 22; Kenyon, op. tit. p. 146. 92. g. Archbishop John Sharp of York and Francis Turner, nonjuring bishop of Ely. 93. See below, pp. 83-6, 97, 473 n. 66. 95 In the first edition of British Politics in the Age of Anne I took the then fairly orthodox view that one touchstone of Whig enthusiasm for the Hanoverian Succession, and conversely of their fear of a Franco-Jacobite coup via England's 'back-door' to the North, was the dominant part played by the Junto and its allies in carrying through the Union of England and Scotland.

It is not perhaps surprising', as Alice Carter has observed, 'that investment in stocks rather than investment in land should appeal to 162. C. E. Whiting, Studies in English Puritanism . . 1660-1688 (1931}, pp. 359-61. 163. The proportion includes some whose membership of congregations cannot be definitely established but who were of proven dissenting sympathies. One-third of the directors of the New and United East India Companies, 1698—1715, were likewise 'in the dissenting interest'. De Krey, p.

R. 39 (1966), repr. idem, Politics, Religion and Society in England, 1679-1742 (1986), pp. 35-56. 110. ' Plumb, op. , pp. 140, 151-2; see also pp. 140-52passim. 111. See below, pp. 259-61. 112. See, inter alia, L. Colley and M. Journ. 22 (1979), p. 246; J. A. R. 91 (1976), especially the important point on p. 35, emphasising Harley's relatively junior status in the years 169194. 113 H. T. Dickinson lucidly analyses the ideological soil which made possible those temporary alliances and nurtured those parliamentary measures which I discuss in chapter 4.

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