Eighteenth-Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt

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Springer, Dec 15, 2010 - Political Science - 165 pages
Following his earlier surveys of 19th and 20th Century British Prime Ministers, Dick Leonard turns his attention to their 18th Century predecessors, including such major figures as Robert Walpole, the Elder Pitt (Lord Chatham), Lord North and the Younger Pitt.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Road to the Prime Ministership
1
1 Robert Walpole First Earl of Orford All These Men Have Their Price
7
2 Spencer Compton First Earl of Wilmington George IIs Favourite Nonentity
31
3 Henry Pelham Pragmatic Heir to Walpole
40
4 Thomas PelhamHolles Duke of Newcastle Mighty Panjandrum Feeble Premier
54
5 William Cavendish Fourth Duke of Devonshire I Have No Motive but the Kings Service
71
6 John Stuart Third Earl of Bute the Kings Dearest Friend
79
7 George Grenville Able Premier Undermined by His Own Prolixity
92
10 Augustus Henry Fitzroy Third Duke of Grafton WellIntentioned Dilettante
154
11 Frederick North Styled Lord North Outstanding Parliamentarian Pity about the Colonies
166
12 William Petty Second Earl of Shelburne Too Clever by Half?
188
13 William Henry CavendishBentinck Third Duke of Portland Twice a Figurehead Premier
205
14 William Pitt the Younger Peacetime Prodigy Less Successful in War
219
Epilogue
244
Appendix
246
Index
249

8 Charles WatsonWentworth Second Marquess of Rockingham the Conscience of the Whigs
111
9 William Pitt the Elder First Earl of Chatham I am Sure That I Can Save This Country and That Nobody Else Can
129

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Dick Leonard is an historian, journalist and author and a former Labour MP. For many years he was Assistant Editor of The Economist, and headed their office in Brussels, where he was later also correspondent of The Observer. He also worked for the BBC, and contributed regularly to leading newspapers across the world. His publications include The Economist Guide to the European Union, Elections in Britain, A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair; Nineteenth Century British Premiers: Pitt to Rosebery and Eighteenth Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt.

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