The Whig World: 1760-1837

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A&C Black, Jul 15, 2006 - History - 232 pages
The Whigs were one of the two great English political parties in the 150 years after 1700, vastly influential whether in office or in opposition. Yet the Whigs were much more than simply a group of politicians. An exclusive set, composed of the greatest and wealthiest families, the Whig world was a self-contained and small one, impervious to outside criticism. With members such as Charles James Fox, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Lord Byron, its gambling, loose-living, drinking and wit was notorious. The Whig World is a portrait, of which politics forms only a small part, of an extraordinary group of men and women whose power, taste and intellect dominated the centre of what had become the greatest power in the world. Cosmopolitan, sceptical, urban, sophisticated, and promiscuous, the Whigs numbered many more brilliant conversationalists and controversialists amongst their number than the Bloomsbury Group.
 

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Mitchell, Leslie G. The Whig World 1760-1837 (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2005) XI, 211 pages, soft cover. The Whig World intends not to be a history of the Whigs as a political party in triumph or ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Whigs
1
2 Circles of Acquaintance
15
3 London
39
4 The Country
59
5 The French Connection
77
6 The March of Mind
99
7 Unbelievers
117
8 History and Politics
135
9 Enemies
157
10 Disappearance
175
Notes
181
Bibliography
199
Index
207
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Leslie Mitchell is Emeritus Fellow of University College, Oxford, and the author of The Whig World as well as biographies of Charles James Fox and Lord Melbourne.

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