Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century by Jeremy Black

By Jeremy Black

This ebook tackles the position of Parliament within the behavior of eighteenth-century international coverage, the influence of this coverage on parliamentary politics, and the standard of parliamentary debates. Drawing on quite a lot of British and overseas archival assets, it's a massive learn for assessing eighteenth-century Britain and for knowing the position of contingency within the evaluate of political structures. Reflecting over a quarter-century of labor on parliamentary resources, it highlights besides the impression of Parliament on international coverage and politics.

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Holmes, ‘The Commons’ Division on “No Peace without Spain”, 7 December 1711’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 33 (1960), pp. 223–34. Cobbett, VI, 1135–8; Gregg, Queen Anne, p. 357. 56 Opposition in the Lords in part reflected Whig strength there, but it would be misleading to understand politics simply in terms of Whig–Tory animosity. There was also an important role, particularly in the Lords, for those who saw themselves as above party, an attitude that accorded with powerful cultural pressures in favour of harmony and against faction, as well as classical notions of public service.

England 1689–1727 (Oxford, 2000), p. 7. J. Childs, The British Army of William III (Manchester, 1987). J. Glete, Navies and Nations. , Stockholm, 1993), I, pp. 223, 225; G. J. Symcox, The Crisis of French Seapower, 1688–97: From Guerre D’escadre to Guerre de Course (The Hague, 1974). 16 Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century opportunity for scrutiny, although the detailed examination of accounts by a Commons’ public accounts commission proved shortlived. 8 This relationship was crucial to the financial stability of the state, and therefore to its international potency.

After the Nine Years’ War had ended in 1697, there was a serious parliamentary attack on Williamite foreign policy, more specifically its secretive 12 J. P. Kenyon, Revolution Principles: The Politics of Party 1689–1720 (Cambridge, 1977); H. Horwitz, Parliament, Policy and Politics in the Reign of William III (Manchester, 1977); T. Harris, Politics under the Later Stuarts: Party Conflict in a Divided Society 1660–1715 (Harlow, 1993); Hayton, ‘The “Country” Interest and the Party System, 1689–c.

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