The Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party Warren M. Elofson

ISBN: 9780773513884

Published: February 8th 1996

Hardcover

304 pages


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The Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party  by  Warren M. Elofson

The Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party by Warren M. Elofson
February 8th 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780773513884 | 8.21 Mb

The Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party is a study of the ideological development of the Rockingham Whigs in Britain between 1768 and 1773 and a re-examination of the party system in the later part of the eighteenthMoreThe Rockingham Connection and the Second Founding of the Whig Party is a study of the ideological development of the Rockingham Whigs in Britain between 1768 and 1773 and a re-examination of the party system in the later part of the eighteenth century. W.M. Elofson traces the evolution of the Rockingham Whigs from court-centred supporters of the status quo to proponents of parliamentary reform and illustrates the central role the Party played in the evolution of liberal philosophy that preceded the massive reform movement in the next century.Elofson reveals that the Rockinghams, far more than previously recognized, were governed by a coherent set of constitutional ideals and argues that they saw party not primarily as a means to office but as a vehicle for public-spirited men to secure the predominance of right and uniform principles in the operation of the state.

He examines the ideological writings of Edmund Burke, the Partys noted and prolific publicist, placing them in their political context and providing a new analysis of Burkes renowned pamphlet Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770).

Throughout, Elofson illustrates the ways in which the Rockinghams altered and redefined the Whig Party and its principles as they took the first halting steps toward a program of constitutional amendment, establishing their place not only in Whig but in British constitutional development. W.M. Elofson is assistant professor of history, University of Calgary.



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