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A Patriot PressNational Politics and the London Press in the 1740s$
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Robert Harris

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203780.001.0001

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The Press, Parliament, and Popular Opinion

The Press, Parliament, and Popular Opinion

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A Patriot Press


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This chapter describes a number of the most important factors shaping press intervention in politics between 1740 and 1748, and illustrates the various linkages that the press of the 1740s formed between Parliament, the politicians and national politics. The first part examines how far the political opinions expressed in the London press matched the views of a substantial section of the political nation ‘without doors’. The second part seeks to show various ways in which early Hanoverian press sought and was used to extend the ambit of national politics beyond the confines of Westminster St. James. The last part investigates various aspects of the relationship between the press and politicians. One of the things that it is hoped to show is that the press was influential at most levels of politics.

Keywords:   press intervention, press, politics, national politics, Parliament, London press, Hanoverian press, Westminster, St. James, politicians

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