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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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Carteret and Hanover, 1742–1744

Carteret and Hanover, 1742–1744

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(p.122) 5 Carteret and Hanover, 1742–1744
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A Patriot Press
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ROBERT HARRIS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203780.003.0006

Widespread concern was inevitable once Carteret committed Britain in the second half of 1742 to providing Austria with direct military support and financial and diplomatic aid. It then came to dominate all levels and aspects of press and public debate during 1743 to 1744. This chapter presents the result of a combination of domestic and foreign circumstances, amongst which were the role of the 16,000 Hanoverian troops taken into British pay in 1742, and the direct intervention in the press of a number of opposition Whigs who found themselves excluded from the political settlement that followed Walpole's fall. The opposition Whig intervention in the press between 1743 and 1744 was primarily responsible for ensuring that Hanover's role in the war remained at the forefront of popular and press concern for most of this period.

Keywords:   Carteret, Austria, Hanoverian troops, Whigs, Walpole, Hanover, press, public debate

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