Pitt the Elder

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Overview

This book offers a readable yet scholarly account of the life of one of the greatest statesmen of empire, William Pitt the Elder, First Earl of Chatham (1708-78). Chatham is seen as a political outsider who rose to direct British policy in the Seven Years War, the crucial struggle that gave Canada to Britain. A critic of domestic corruption, he was subsequently a champion of American liberties. Chatham's achievement was all the more remarkable for a politician who was dogged for much of his life by poor physical health and considerable mental stress. His position as an outsider was crucial: it helped make his reputation, and to make him an unsettling figure. It also caused problems when he gained office, but it ensured Chatham was and seemed, 'different'. He was a man with whom the national interest could be associated, not simply because he made the claim himself, but also because he seemed apart from the world of court and connection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521398060
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/1992
  • Series: British Lives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A political outsider and his world; 2. A very inflammatory politician: the rise to high office, 1735-1756; 3. War minister; 4. 'Greatness going off? Pitt, 1761-1778; 5. Chatham as Hanoverian Patriot.

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