A Patriot Press: National Politics and the London Press in the 1740s

A Patriot Press: National Politics and the London Press in the 1740s

by Robert Harris, Bob Harris
     
 

This is a meticulous and scholarly study of the polemical press of the 1740s and, through it, the first substantial investigation of the politics of that decade for a generation. A combination of war and political instability ensured that, particularly before 1746, press intervention in politics was both lively and influential. Robert Harris examines the vigorous and… See more details below

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This is a meticulous and scholarly study of the polemical press of the 1740s and, through it, the first substantial investigation of the politics of that decade for a generation. A combination of war and political instability ensured that, particularly before 1746, press intervention in politics was both lively and influential. Robert Harris examines the vigorous and wide-ranging debates in newspapers, pamphlets, and political prints about the principal issues of the day - the fall of Walpole, the influence of Hanover, the 'Forty-Five, and Britain's role in the War of the Austrian succession. He shows how, by the mid-eighteenth century, the press had invaded all levels of politics - the court, parliament, and beyond Westminster. Dr Harris's detailed analysis of the confusing and fragmented politics of the 1740s, seen through the pages of the press, sheds important light on patterns of change and continuity in the political culture of mid-eighteenth-century England. A Patriot Press makes an important contribution to our understanding of political ideology and party strife in the eighteenth century, as well as to our knowledge of the workings of the press.

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"This book enriches our understanding of the language of mid-eighteenth-century patriotism...Robert Harris opens a window on the relationship between foreign developments and English politics."—American Historical Review

"This review can only hint at the wealth of evidence Harris has assembled. His scholarship compels respect; his well-argued conclusions are certain to inspire further work on the 1740s, and his engaging and straightforward style make the book a pleasure to read."—The Historian

"All students of eighteenth-century politics will learn from his work."—Albion

"...This is a carefully detailed and valuable account of the political history of the period as it revealed itself in a forum..."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198203780
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
1810L (what's this?)

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