By Jeremy Black

This e-book tackles the position of Parliament within the behavior of eighteenth-century overseas coverage, the effect of this coverage on parliamentary politics, and the standard of parliamentary debates. Drawing on quite a lot of British and international archival resources, it truly is an immense examine for assessing eighteenth-century Britain and for knowing the function of contingency within the overview of political structures. Reflecting over a quarter-century of labor on parliamentary resources, it highlights to boot the impression of Parliament on overseas coverage and politics.

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51 Policy was linked to interest and party, but debate over foreign policy during the war essentially shrank to the progress of the war and, more specifically, to the conduct of the allies. 53 It was understandable that the war came to dominate the attention of parliamentarians, but, as a result, singularly little attention was devoted to other important changes in Europe, especially the rise in Russian power after Peter the Great’s crushing victory over Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava in 1709.

In practice, as was always the case, there was, in the formulation and expression of attitudes, a complex and not completely comfortable interaction of short-term exigencies and opportunities with longer-term developments. The war policy that was rejected had been associated with Marlborough and Sidney, 1st Earl of Godolphin, the Lord Treasurer, both of whom were Tories, albeit Tories willing to align with Whigs in order to remain in power and secure their policies. By focusing on a rapid and unilateral peace, Harley and his allies secured an issue around which most Tories could rally, while the Tory divide from Whigs could be satisfactorily clarified in order to 56 57 58 Cobbett, VI, 1141–51, 1165; Gregg, Anne, pp.

26 The public dimension of politics was accentuated by the expansion in printed discussion. This helped shape, define and debate the goals of British policy. Pamphlet controversy provided a high-tempo discussion of policy,27 while the politicians within Parliament could only raise issues occasionally. The press also served as a medium between Crown and Parliament, and ensured that both acted, to at least a partial degree, in a public sphere. The printing of the rejected proposal for war with France in 1689 raised the ire of parliamentarians who had turned down the specific terms.

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