The Politics of the Prussian Army: 1640-1945 by Gordon A. Craig

By Gordon A. Craig

A seminal learn of 1 of the imperative matters in Prussian background, the position of the military in politics.

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7 Like most Whigs, he supported the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts, Catholic emancipation, reform of the Irish Church, reductions in taxation in order to ameliorate the condition of the people and restore their confidence in Parliament, and the abolition of West Indian slavery and the slave trade. 8 We can also place Hallam more precisely among the "professional men" of the party. : Harvard University Press, 1957), have examined the role of the Edinburgh Review in articulating the liberal ideology of these professionals.

T. Machin, The Catholic Question in English Politics, 1820 to 1830 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1964). 38 The Victorians and the Stuart heritage remove disabilities that owed their existence to the sectarian controversies of the seventeenth century, and the Reform Act of 1832 would alter a system of representation that had remained largely undisturbed since the 1670s. Interpretations of the Stuart past, of which Hallam's was one of the most important, would figure in the political rhetoric of the period as polemicists debated the historical assumptions on which the constitution had stood for more than a century and a half.

The years that he spent writing his History saw an intensification of the movement for constitutional change that gave an added urgency to his work. The economic distress afflicting the country after 1818, the public reaction to the Peterloo Massacre, and the Queen Caroline affair aroused popular reformers and prompted more Whigs than ever before to opt for some degree of Parliamentary reform. In 1819, 1821, 1822 and 1823, Lord John Russell brought the issue before the Commons. 34 As the reform movement focused increasingly on constitutional change, the Stuart past gained in relevance since the aristocratic and Anglican exclusiveness which reformers found objectionable in the constitution had in large part emerged out of the crises of the seventeenth century.

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