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George II : puppet of the politicians?

Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007.
Series: Exeter studies in history.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why is George II the forgotten monarch? Despite his lengthy rule (1727-1760) he has been so neglected that most of us know little or nothing of him." "One answer is the lack of easily accessible source material - George left no diary and was not a letter writer. But George has also been dismissed as merely a puppet in the hands of the towering politicians of his time: in particular Wilpole, Pitt and Newcastle." "In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Black, Jeremy.
George II.
Exeter : University of Exeter Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608296544
Named Person: George, King of Great Britain; König II ) Georg (Großbritannien; George, King of Great Britain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Black
ISBN: 9780859898072 0859898075
OCLC Number: 156832070
Description: xii, 303 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface Abbreviations Map 1. The Role of Monarchy in Eighteenth-Century Britain 2. A New Dynasty and a Quarrelsome Prince of Wales, 1683-1727 3. The King's Realm 4. The New King, 1727-1731, 77 5. Character and Concerns 6. George and Walpole: Double Act or King in the Shadows? 1731-1741 7. Turmoil and Crisis, 1741-1746 8. The Rule of the Pelhams? 1746-1754 9. Last Years, 1754-1760 10. George II's Reputation 11. Conclusions Notes Selected Further Reading Index
Series Title: Exeter studies in history.
Other Titles: George the second :
Responsibility: Jeremy Black.
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Following closely on the heels of his recent biography of George III, the author turns to the reign of his grandfather, George II, to set the record straight. This book sets out to demonstrate the  Read more...

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George II has been victim of some tepid biographies, but at last he has been rescued by Black's welcome life. BBC History Magazine 200801 With recent scholarly attention turning to the Hanoverians Read more...

 
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