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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 Fall of Walpole and the Outbreak of the War, 1740–1742

The Fall of Walpole and the Outbreak of the War, 1740–1742

(p.95) 4 The Fall of Walpole and the Outbreak of the War, 1740–1742
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This chapter examines the question of British and Hanoverian responsibility for Austria's plight that came to dominate press debate as 1741 progressed. The impact on domestic politics of the early stages of the war of the Austrian Succession did not receive the attention that it merits, due to the role the war played in forcing Walpole from power and intrusion into press debate, under the stimulus of the Hanoverian neutrality, of the alleged Hanoverian control of British foreign policy. At the end of 1742 the award of British pay to 16,000 Hanoverian troops was to unleash anti-Hanoverianism. This chapter shows that the fact the issue had already been firmly raised by the neutrality was an important factor in shaping the popular and press response to the war over the next two years.

Keywords:   Austrian Succession, Walpole, press debate, Hanoverian neutrality, British foreign policy, anti-Hanoverianism

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