Hanoverian dimension british history by Brendan Simms, Torsten Riotte

By Brendan Simms, Torsten Riotte

For greater than one hundred twenty years (1714-1837) nice Britain was once associated with the German citizens, later country, of Hanover via own Union. This made Britain a continental eu country in lots of respects, and diluted her feel of insular apartness. The geopolitical concentration of england was once now as a lot on Germany, at the Elbe and the Weser because it was once at the Channel or in another country. whilst, the Hanoverian connection was once a huge and hugely arguable think about British excessive politics and well known political debate. This quantity used to be the 1st systematically to discover the topic by way of a crew of specialists drawn from the united kingdom, US and Germany. They combine the burgeoning professional literature on elements of the non-public Union into the wider heritage of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. by no means prior to had the influence of the Hanoverian connection on British politics, monarchy and the general public sphere, been so completely investigated.

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Plumb, were not particularly interested in foreign policy and also threw little light on his response to Hanoverian commitments in the 1720s and 1730s. 18 Allowing for these caveats, it appears clear that Walpole had a clear-cut assessment of national interest in which the Hanoverian commitment appeared as an add-on. This was an add-on made necessary by the monarch and by the protestant succession, but, nevertheless, something that could be judged in terms of prudential considerations of benefit and cost.

The Whig attitude lent itself much more readily to the pragmatic, functional defence of the Hanoverian alignment. Assuming that, through human action, it was possible to create a more 23 24 25 J. M. Black, ‘The Anglo-French Alliance 1716–31: a study in eighteenth-century international relations’, Francia 13 (1986), 295–310. J. M. Black, ‘The theory of the balance of power in the first half of the eighteenth century: a note on sources’, Review of International Studies 9 (1983), 855–61. For parliamentary debates, J.

33 But Pitt did not use the renewed popular surge for colonial expansion, comparable only to the response to Admiral Vernon’s capture of Porto Bello in 1739, as a pretext to launch a renewed attack on Hanover and continental entanglements. 36 His earlier phillipics now came back to haunt him. Could this be the same man, one ballad asked satirically, ‘who could talk and could prate . . ’39 Pitt’s commitment to a continental policy was sustained throughout the late 1740s and early 1750s. As paymaster general he had to execute 31 34 36 37 38 39 Cited in Black, Pitt, p.

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