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Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century

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Overview

This book tackles the role of Parliament in the conduct of eighteenth-century foreign policy, the impact of this policy on parliamentary politics, and the quality of parliamentary debates. Drawing on a wide range of British and foreign archival sources, it is an important study for assessing eighteenth-century Britain and for understanding the role of contingency in the evaluation of political systems. Reflecting over a quarter-century of work on parliamentary sources, it highlights as well the influence of Parliament on foreign policy and politics.

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'This is a first-rate work of scholarship and discusses a topic that has for too long been sidetracked.' Contemporary Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521833318
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2004
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

JEREMY BLACK MBE is Professor of History, University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Note on dates, spelling and titles; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The Revolution settlement, Parliament and foreign policy, 1689–1714; 3. The Walpolean system, Parliament and foreign policy, 1714–42; 4. The mid-century crisis, Parliament and foreign policy, 1742–60; 5. George III, Parliament and foreign policy, 1760–1800; 6. Sources and reports; 7. Character and quality of parliamentary discussion; 8. A parliamentary foreign policy?; 9. Conclusions; Select bibliography; Index.

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