The Hanoverian Dimension in British History, 1714-1837

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For more than 120 years (1714-1837) Great Britain was linked to the German Electorate, later Kingdom, of Hanover through Personal Union. This made Britain a continental European state in many respects, and diluted her sense of insular apartness. The geopolitical focus of Britain was now as much on Germany, on the Elbe and the Weser, as it was on the Channel or overseas. At the same time, the Hanoverian connection was a major and highly controversial factor in British high politics and popular political debate. This volume is the first to explore the subject systematically by employing a team of experts drawn from the UK, USA and Germany. They integrate the burgeoning specialist literature on aspects of the Personal Union into the broader history of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Never before has the impact of the Hanoverian connection on British politics, monarchy and the public sphere been so thoroughly investigated.
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"...successfully (re)insert(s) Hanover as an essential force in the formulation of British politics, culture, and foreign policy at a key stage in their developments." -Timothy S. Forest, H-German

"...elegantly produced volume of thirteen essays...that have been appropriately revised, expanded and organized..." -James J. Sack, The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521154628
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Simms is Reader in the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse. His previous publications include The Struggle for Mastery in Germany, 1779-1850 (1998) and Unfinest Hour. Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001).

Torsten Riotte is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in London. His research interests also cover the late nineteenth century with a focus on dynastic networks in Europe during the Victorian age.

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Table of Contents

List of genealogical tables     vii
List of tables     viii
Notes on contributors     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction. Hanover: the missing dimension   Brendan Simms     1
Hanoverian nexus: Walpole and the Electorate   Jeremy Black     10
Pitt and Hanover   Brendan Simms     28
George III and Hanover   Torsten Riotte     58
The Hanoverian dimension in early nineteenth-century British politics   Christopher D. Thompson     86
The end of the dynastic union, 1815-1837   Mijndert Bertram     111
The university of Gottingen and the Personal Union, 1737-1837   Thomas Biskup     128
The confessional dimension   Andrew C. Thompson     161
Hanover and the public sphere   Bob Harris     183
Dynastic perspectives   Clarissa Campbell Orr     213
British maritime strategy and Hanover 1714-1763   Richard Harding     252
Hanover in mid-eighteenth-century Franco-British geopolitics   H. M. Scott     275
Hanover and British republicanism   Nicholas B. Harding     301
Index     324
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