Researchers will find a wealth of once classified detail about the reigns of the three Georges, including behind-the-scenes accounts of the turbulent events of George I’s reign (the Jacobite uprisings); the development of cabinet government; the ascension of George II and the consolidation of Whig supremacy; the riots surrounding libertarian politician John Wilkes; and the inept handling of the colonies that marred the early years of George III’s reign.
Along with the many internal and external threats to Hanoverian rule, users can also search and browse across a rich range of reports, petitions, and correspondence relating to the general administration and constitution of England; law and order; trade and shipping; and the founding of an empire abroad that extended to North America in the west and the Indian subcontinent in the east. The collection is invaluable for uncovering the routines of government, which rarely feature in the major narratives of the eighteenth century — for example, the management of Privy Council business, especially appointments, minutes of cabinet meetings, and excise and revenue. Consequently, the collection contains enormous potential for fresh historical discoveries.
Part I contains documents that provide evidence of the extent and nature of decisions taken by government and, more importantly, who was making those decisions. The records serve to illustrate the personal style of the secretaries of state who, with the chancellor of the Exchequer, controlled almost the entire life of the nation. Researchers can examine the differing ways in which the three Hanover monarchs conducted the business of the monarchy and develop perspectives on the king’s changing role in political and administrative history.
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