English Political Parties and Leaders in the Reign of Queen Anne, 1702-1710

English Political Parties and Leaders in the Reign of Queen Anne, 1702-1710

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English Political Parties and Leaders in the Reign of Queen Anne, 1702-1710

English Political Parties and Leaders in the Reign of Queen Anne, 1702-1710

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The Age of Anne is one of the most interesting in English history. It was a reign when political parties were in such a state of flux that politicians changed sides with little hesitation; when periodicals began to play a transcendent part in politics; when pamphleteering became the customary method of changing public opinion; when literary men were usually politicians first of all; when ecclesiastical policies were determined by political exigencies, and church offices considered as a part of the civil service; when monied men began to take a greater interest in elections and play a larger part in determining national policies; when the cabinet was rapidly evolving into its present form; when the Protestant succession hung in the balance; when Scotland joined her southern sister in a firm alliance; when hatred of France became almost a religion; and when the United Kingdom gained the political and commercial hegemony of Europe that was lost by France at the treaty of Utrecht.

Yet in spite of the interest and importance of this period it has been almost entirely neglected by serious historians for more than a generation. Nearly a half century ago Mahon and Wyon wrote their histories of the reign of Anne, and since that time no attempt has been made to deal with the history of the reign in the light of new materials that have recently become accessible. Even such industrious German scholars as Klopp, Salomon, and Von Noorden have done little to illuminate the domestic side of the first half of the reign, while the more recent of their works is nearly thirty years from the . . .

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