A Prologue to Revolution: The Political Career of George Grenville, 1712-1770 (Hardback)
  • A Prologue to Revolution: The Political Career of George Grenville, 1712-1770 (Hardback)
zoom

A Prologue to Revolution: The Political Career of George Grenville, 1712-1770 (Hardback)

(author)
£65.00
Hardback 366 Pages / Published: 30/12/1996
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
George Grenville was King George III's First Minister from 1763 to 1765. The central issue of Grenville's administration was to deal with the aftermath of the Seven Year's War, particularly with the sharply increased national debt and the cost of continued protection of the American colonies. In seeking to balance the national budget, he blundered into levying taxes on the Americans. The Sugar Act of 1764 aroused very little opposition or even discussion. But it was an entering wedge. The ease with which it sailed through Parliament led Grenville to propose another American tax, the Stamp Act. This aroused vigorous, even violent opposition, both in America and among the business community in Great Britain. Grenville's career also saw the development of numerous techniques for shaping and manipulating public opinion, and he was intimately involved in using them, particularly the newspaper and pamphlet press. He was one of those principally involved in attempting to suppress John Wilkes and the North Briton No. 45, an episode in the evolution of freedom of the press in Great Britain. Grenville was dismissed from office by the King because of issues that had nothing to do with American taxation. The years between 1765 and 1770, between his dismissal and his death, show a mellowing as well as maturing of his political wisdom. Increasingly he played the role of elder statesmen, advising the House of Commons on important questions concerning not only American taxation but freedom of the press and freedom of elections.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761806004
Number of pages: 366
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 222 x 146 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...a sound and informed account, in sixteen chronological chapters, of a man underrated by contemporaries as well as historians. -- Peter D. G. Thomas, English Historical Review * CHOICE *
. . . Allen S. Johnson reminds us that high politics in general, and Grenville's career in particular, are worth studying. * The Historian *
The only modern life of Grenville, an unquestionably important figure, both to the American Revolution and to British politics of the Augustan era. * CHOICE *
...a sound and informed account, in sixteen chronological chapters, of a man underrated by contemporaries as well as historians. -- Peter D. G. Thomas, English Historical Review * CHOICE *

You may also be interested in...

The Norman Conquest
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Victoria
Added to basket
£12.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Battle of Britain
Added to basket
A History Of Scotland
Added to basket
A History of Ancient Britain
Added to basket
Civil War
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
How to be a Victorian
Added to basket
The English and their History
Added to basket
How England Made the English
Added to basket
Foundation
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Churchill's Secret Warriors
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Making Sense of the Troubles
Added to basket
Story of Ireland
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
If Walls Could Talk
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Hollow Crown
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.