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George II : puppet of the politicians? /
Jeremy Black.
imprint
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007.
description
xii, 303 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0859898075, 9780859898072
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imprint
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007.
isbn
0859898075
9780859898072
catalogue key
6343634
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-11-01:
Though his reign lasted for 33 years (1727-60), no full-length biography of George II has been published for more than three decades. George is an unpromising subject. He left few personal papers, and his reputation ended up in the hands of the lively but unfriendly chroniclers Horace Walpole and Lord Hervey. Black (Univ. of Exeter) presents a more favorable view of George as "the king of duty," an example of North German Protestant "civic monarchy" who lent stability to the volatile politics of a still-new system of parliamentary government. Often driven to compromise with the politicians in order to accomplish the general good, George was peevish but pragmatic. Black draws on a number of European sources, particularly German ones, in discussing the continental diplomacy and politics that concerned George more than, say, the affairs of his American Colonies. Summing Up: Recommended. All university collections. J. R. Breihan Loyola College in Maryland
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Why is George II the forgotten monarch? In this new biography-the first for over 30 years-Jeremy Black explores why George II has been so neglected and demonstrates convincingly that he is a worthy subject of enquiry. Exploiting rich archival resources-including contemporary satire and letters-he amasses evidence that reveals much about George himself. In the process he goes beyond biography to provide a window on the King's world and a clear assessment of a difficult period of consolidation in British history. Book jacket.
Main Description
Why is George II the forgotten monarch? In this new biography--the first for over 30 years--Jeremy Black explores why George II has been so neglected and demonstrates convincingly that he is a worthy subject of enquiry. Exploiting rich archival resources--including contemporary satire and letters--Black amasses evidence that reveals much about George himself. In the process he goes beyond biography to provide a window on the King's world and a clear assessment of a difficult period of consolidation in British history.
Main Description
In his new book, Black sets out to demonstrate the unfairness of the charges that George II was a puppet king overshadowed by towering politicians such as Walpole, and later, Pitt. For a king who ruled for so long (1727-60), the neglect shown by historians to George II is surprising. This is not down to lack of events in his lifetime: he was the last British king to lead an army into battle, at Dettingen in 1743, and his rule included the drama of Culloden in 1746 - the culmination of the war over British succession. Rather it is due chiefly to the lack of easily accessible source material: George II left no diaries, and was not a great letter writer. Black has instead exploited rich archival resources to piece together a figure who was the pivot in an often finely balanced - and sometimes dangerously unbalanced - fledgling political system. In the process of revealing George II to the reader, Black goes further than biography, telling us much about the society and system within which the King functioned. In an era of successive wars between European states - in which George, as Elector of Hanover, was keen to ensure that Britain played a part - there is much here also relating to Britain's role within Europe.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Mapp. xiv
The Role of Monarchy in Eighteenth-Century Britainp. 1
A New Dynasty and a Quarrelsome Prince of Wales, 1683-1727p. 34
The King's Realmp. 56
The New King, 1727-1731p. 77
Character and Concernsp. 108
George and Walpole: Double Act or King in the Shadows? 1731-1741p. 140
Turmoil and Crisis, 1741-1746p. 169
The Rule of the Pelhams? 1746-1754p. 194
Last Years, 1754-1760p. 218
George II's Reputationp. 255
Conclusionsp. 263
Notesp. 273
Selected Further Readingp. 293
Indexp. 295
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