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George III: America's Last King

George III: America's Last King

by Jeremy Black
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The first full new study of George III in thirty years

The sixty-year reign of George III (1760–1820) witnessed and participated in some of the most critical events of modern world history: the ending of the Seven Years’ War with France, the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the campaign against Napoleon Bonaparte and battle of Waterloo in 1815, and Union with Ireland in 1801. Despite the pathos of the last years of the mad, blind, and neglected monarch, it is a life full of importance and interest.

Jeremy Black’s biography deals comprehensively with the politics, the wars, and the domestic issues, and harnesses the richest range of unpublished sources in Britain, Germany, and the United States. But, using George III’s own prolific correspondence, it also interrogates the man himself, his strong religious faith, and his powerful sense of moral duty to his family and to his nation. Black considers the king’s scientific, cultural, and intellectual interests as no other biographer has done, and explores how he was viewed by his contemporaries. Identifying George as the last British ruler of the Thirteen Colonies, Black reveals his strong personal engagement in the struggle for America and argues that George himself, his intentions and policies, were key to the conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300136210
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: The English Monarchs Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 629,816
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Black is professor of history at Exeter University. He is author of five previous books published by Yale University Press, including most recently The British Seaborne Empire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Preface     xi
List of Illustrations     xvi
Introduction     1
A Prince and his Education     6
Eighteenth-Century Monarchy     22
First Years as King, 1760-3     43
Ministerial Instability, 1763-70     71
George and Lord North, 1770-4     96
Character and Behaviour     108
Family     144
Culture     162
Religion and Morality     185
War with America     209
Repeated Crises, 1780-4     242
George and William Pitt the Younger, 1784-90     264
The Revolutionary Crisis, 1790-3     288
Elector of Hanover     305
The Quest for Empire     329
War with France, 1793-1801     347
Last Years, 1801-20     379
Reputation and Comparisons     411
George III and the Making of the Modern British Monarchy     439
Abbreviations     452
Bibliography     454
Index     461

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