Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century by Jeremy Black

By Jeremy Black

This e-book tackles the position of Parliament within the behavior of eighteenth-century international coverage, the impression of this coverage on parliamentary politics, and the standard of parliamentary debates. Drawing on quite a lot of British and overseas archival assets, it's a tremendous learn for assessing eighteenth-century Britain and for figuring out the function of contingency within the review of political platforms. Reflecting over a quarter-century of labor on parliamentary assets, it highlights to boot the impression of Parliament on overseas coverage and politics.

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He claimed, correctly, that the parliamentary opposition wished to prevent William becoming ‘le maˆıtre’, and he stressed William’s unpopularity. 37 Given the sensitivity of the Spanish Succession negotiations, and the need to keep them secret from the childless Charles II of Spain, for fear that he would take unwanted steps over the succession to his territories,38 there were important ‘external’ reasons, aside from the ‘internal’ factor of William’s 36 37 38 W. Roosen, ‘The Origins of the War of the Spanish Succession’, in J.

7. J. Childs, The British Army of William III (Manchester, 1987). J. Glete, Navies and Nations. , Stockholm, 1993), I, pp. 223, 225; G. J. Symcox, The Crisis of French Seapower, 1688–97: From Guerre D’escadre to Guerre de Course (The Hague, 1974). 16 Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Eighteenth Century opportunity for scrutiny, although the detailed examination of accounts by a Commons’ public accounts commission proved shortlived. 8 This relationship was crucial to the financial stability of the state, and therefore to its international potency.

32 The Commons decided to reduce the English establishment to 7,000, and its Irish counterpart to 12,000, and to restrict the army to native troops, thus ensuring that Dutch regiments would have to return home, a humiliating blow that William unsuccessfully sought to reverse. 33 29 30 31 32 33 Thomson, ‘Parliament and Foreign Policy’, pp. 131–2; Gibbs, ‘Stanhope and Walpole’, p. 20. L. G. Schwoerer, No Standing Armies: the Antiarmy Ideology in Seventeenth-Century England (Baltimore, 1974). Cobbett, V, 1166.

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