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John Wilkes, a friend to liberty

Author: Peter David Garner Thomas
Publisher: New York : Clarendon Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Often deemed the founder of British radicalism, John Wilkes (1725-1797) had a shattering impact on the politics of his time. His audacity in challenging government authority was matched by skill and determination in attaining his objectives: the freedom of the press to criticize ministers and report Parliament; enhanced security for individuals and their property from arbitrary arrest and seizure; and the rights of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Wilkes; John Wilkes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter David Garner Thomas
ISBN: 0198205449 9780198205449
OCLC Number: 32924057
Description: vi, 280 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Youth and Pleasure, 1725-1761 --
2. Gadfly of Government, 1761-1763 --
3. The Case of North Briton, Number Forty-Five --
4. French Leave, 1763-1768 --
5. Election for Middlesex, 1768 --
6. Expulsion from Middlesex, 1769 --
7. The Bill of Rights Society, 1769-1771 --
8. The Reporting of Parliamentary Debates: The Wilkes Coup of 1771 --
9. City Politician, 1771-1775 --
10. Wilkes and America --
11. Parliamentary Politicians, 1774-1790 --
12. Work and Leisure, 1776-1797 --
13. Radical or Rascal.
Responsibility: Peter D.G. Thomas.
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This biography investigates the career of John Wilkes (1725-1797), the founder of British radicalism, who had a reputation as a political maverick and moral reprobate. While not concealing his  Read more...

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