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Britain – Aspects of Politics, 1714-80

7. The Growth of Patriotism and Loyalism

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In the final module, we conclude by examining what the Hanoverians had managed to achieve by 1780. Although the war in North America was not successful, the Hanoverians had successfully managed to connect patriotism with loyalism to the Crown. The survival of George III as monarch and British success were seen as two sides of the same coin. This was in stark contrast with earlier in the period where successive Jacobite rebellions had split loyalties in Britain.


In this course, Professor Jeremy Black (University of Exeter) discusses British politics from 1714-80. We start by looking at the challenges the new Hanoverian monarchy faced in this period, mainly from the rival Jacobite claimants. We then turn to look at the development of politics on the national scale under the first two Hanoverian monarchs - George I and II. After this, we have a look at the changes that occurred in British politics in the middle of the 18th century with the arrival of William Pitt the Elder on the political scene. We then turn to see how the system was further altered by the young and energetic George III. After this, we explore how the political system developed and changed as a result of the Imperial Crisis and Revolutionary War in North America. To conclude we look at how by the end of the period the Hanoverian monarchy had established itself in Britain as the leading symbol for patriotism and loyalism.


Professor Jeremy Black is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of over 180 books, principally but not exclusively on 18th-century British politics and international relations, and has been described as "the most prolific historical scholar of our age". He has also broadened his perspective, both temporally and geographically, and published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself.

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