Puppet of the Politicians?
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and is one of the world's leading military historians. He works on post-1500 military history and also on eighteenth-century British history, international relations, cartographic history and newspaper history. His many publications include 'History of the British Isles', 'War and the World, 1450–2000', 'Why Wars Happen', 'Maps and History' and 'Maps of Politics'.
Preface Abbreviations Map 1. The Role of Monarchy in Eighteenth-Century Britain 2. A New Dynasty and a Quarrelsome Prince of Wales, 1683-1727 3. The King's Realm 4. The New King, 1727-1731, 77 5. Character and Concerns 6. George and Walpole: Double Act or King in the Shadows? 1731-1741 7. Turmoil and Crisis, 1741-1746 8. The Rule of the Pelhams? 1746-1754 9. Last Years, 1754-1760 10. George II's Reputation 11. Conclusions Notes Selected Further Reading Index
Black documents the King’s role more extensively than any previous scholar, and his use of a wide range of evidence from foreign diplomats accredited to the British court is a major strength of the book.
Philip Woodfine EHR, cxxiv. 509
A re-evaluation has long been overdue, and is provided by Jeremy Black in forceful and convincing detail.
Jeremy Black is pre-eminently well qualified to offer this new biographical study of George II. His skilful volume is all the more welcome as George II has been much neglected by historians.
History, Vol. 94, Issue 313
What Black offers here is not a detailed vision… but an accessible overview ... Black throughout writes with the assurance and inward knowledge drawn from thirty years’ research in the field. ...here is the most complete guide in English.
The International History Review, xxx. 4
With recent scholarly attention turning to the Hanoverians and the Hanoverian connection, Jeremy Black’s new biography of George II is timely, for if the context of George’s reign is now more fully understood, there has been no recent study of the life of the king himself. ... a book that engages with recent scholarship, fills a gap in the literature, and yet is likely to appeal to a general readershp...
Reviews in History, review no. 659, www.history.ac.uk
George II has been victim of some tepid biographies, but at last he has been rescued by Black’s welcome life.
BBC History Magazine
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 26, 2007