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Arts and Arms: Literature, Politics and Patriotism during the Seven Years War [Hardcover]

John Cardwell

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June 19, 2004 0719066182 978-0719066184
This study examines the political controversies of the Seven Years War as reflected in contemporary British poetry, ballads, fiction, drama, and prose satire. It investigates their authorship, patronage, publication, and distribution, including dissemination through the press and via political prints. The literary works in question demonstrate a great diversity in authorship and political sophistication, with patrons and writers extending from members of the parliamentary classes through the professional and commercial orders, to semi-literate ballad-singers. Genres range from high political satire and parodies of parliamentary debates to popular ballads and verse graffiti; in all they reveal a thriving literary-political culture, which embraced all stations of society. Protagonists featured include William Pitt, Henry Fox, the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Bute, George II & III, and Britain's ally Frederick II of Prussia.

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"Cardwell has produced a thorough and detailed account that draws on a wide range of contemporary sources. His book succeeds in providing new insights as well as added depth to our understanding of the Seven Years War and its place in British history"--Stephen Conway, University College London

About the Author

John Cardwell is a researcher at the Modern History Faculty, Oxford University.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (June 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719066182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719066184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,927,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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