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Newspapers, Politics, and Public Opinion in Late
                        Eighteenth-Century England$
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Hannah Barker

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207412.001.0001

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(p.179) Conclusion
Newspapers, Politics, and Public Opinion in Late Eighteenth-Century England

Hannah Barker

Oxford University Press

For many contemporaries in late eighteenth-century England, the influence which the press exerted over politics and public opinion was a blessing which both prevented politicians from misusing their power and gave the people a voice. Others felt that newspapers were capable of misleading the public and creating unrest. Yet most are united in their belief that the press had a particularly powerful position in society. By stressing the commercial concerns of newspaper editors and proprietors, and by examining the links between newspapers and their readers, this book has challenged the existing historiography of the press, and emphasised the role of public opinion in determining newspaper contents.

Keywords:   England, politician, newspaper, press, public opinion, eighteenth-century England

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