By Andrew D. M. Beaumont
Ambitious males of Modest Means examines the governance of British the USA within the interval ahead of the yank Revolution. Focusing upon the profession of George Montagu Dunk, moment Earl of Halifax and primary Lord of the Board of alternate & Plantations (1716-1771), it explores colonial planners and policy-makers in the course of the political hiatus among the age of Walpole and the following age of imperial obstacle. As bold metropolitan politicians vied for ministerial dominance, Halifax's board performed an important function in shaping British perceptions of its growing to be empire. A repository of data and intelligence, the board provided Halifax the chance to set up his personal area of interest curiosity, for the nice of the empire and himself alike.
Challenging the view that Britain's perspective in the direction of its American colonies was once considered one of lack of knowledge compounded by way of complacency, this learn explores these charged at once with governing the United States, from the imperial centre to its westward peripheries: the governors entrusted with preserving the royal prerogative, and imposing reform. among 1748 and 1761, Halifax sought to reform the the US from a motley collection of territories into an ordered, uniform asset of the imperial countryside. Exploring the governors themselves unearths a posh, sleek community and private loyalties, sure jointly via mutual self-interest less than Halifax's leadership.
Confronted via the Seven Years' struggle, Halifax observed his plans and fans deplete within the face of world clash, the result of which demonstrated British the USA, and likewise sowed the seeds of its eventual destruction in 1776.
Long overshadowed by means of the stated 'great males' of his age, this research restores Halifax and his curiosity to its rightful position as an important effect upon significant old occasions, illustrating his grand, problematic imaginative and prescient for an alternate British the United States that by no means used to be.
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111 See Lord Bolingbroke, ‘The Idea of a Patriot King’, in The Works of the late Right Honorable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke (1754), iii: 33–124. The quotation is from 109. 112 Wilkes calculated British exports in 1740 totalled £595,792 6s. : by 1753 the ﬁgure had reached £1,118,378 15s. 11d. Subsequent research conducted by John J. McCusker noted marginally smaller ﬁgures over an equivalent period (1739–49), but a similar proportionate increase. Wilkes, A Whig in Power, 203; John J.
O’Day, Education and Society 1500–1800, 199. 41 Hans, New Trends in Education in the Eighteenth Century, 42. Despite the misleading title, many of the nobility entered the universities as gentleman-commoners, unless they had already gained their family’s primary title. 42 W. W. Rouse Ball, Trinity College Cambridge (1906), 85–6. 43 Stephens, Education in Britain 1750–1914, 50–1. The pious attitudes of nineteenthcentury historians towards their forbears may have further coloured subsequent interpretations of the eighteenth-century university experience: although ‘extravagance, debt, drunkenness, gambling, and an absurd attention to dress’ were certainly features of the universities of the period, Victorian commentators were perhaps unduly scathing in their criticism.
Halifax’s approach was imaginative, if underhand, electing to take ‘the freedom of the Sadlers Company’ of London, and becoming in name at least a common tradesman. Whether this qualiﬁed him as ‘honest’ is dubious, but it sufﬁced, securing a dowry in the region of £120,000. 101 Ever the opportunist, the 1745 Jacobite uprising offered Halifax a further means of swift career progression. 102 That the regiment was reportedly unusable in battle—Halifax himself observed that he was ashamed of it—was largely beside the point.