By Andrew C. Thompson
Non secular principles and power-politics have been strongly hooked up within the early eighteenth century: William III, George I and George II all took their position as defenders of the protestant religion tremendous heavily, and confessional pondering was once of significant value to courtroom whiggery. This ebook considers the significance of this connection. It lines the improvement of rules of the protestant curiosity, explaining how such rules have been used to strive against the perceived threats to the eu states method posed by way of common monarchy, and displaying how the need of shielding protestantism inside of Europe grew to become a topic in British and Hanoverian overseas coverage. Drawing on a variety of revealed and manuscript fabric in either Britain and Germany, the e-book emphasizes the significance of a ecu context for eighteenth-century British background, and contributes to debates in regards to the justification of monarchy and the character of identification in Britain.
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Rather, he was concerned not to damage his diplomacy. George had sent James Haldane from Hessen-Kassel to the Palatine court at Mannheim. 75 The treatment of catholics in Britain affected diplomacy. Indeed some advocated support for catholics at home, in order not to disoblige catholic allies abroad. 76 Confessional issues were too important to ignore. The manifold ways in which 71 The provisions of the Act of Settlement requiring parliamentary approval for royal travels abroad had been removed in 1716.
71. 101 More generally the collections in Calenberg Brief 11 and Calenberg Brief 24 make it possible to reconstruct Hanoverian policy towards the Empire which was, after all, one of the most important spheres of foreign political activity. 102 Rudolf Grieser, ‘Die Deutsche Kanzlei in London, ihre Entstehung und Anfänge’, Blätter für deutsche Landesgeschichte, 89 (1952), pp. 153–68. , Quellen zur Geschichte Kurhannovers im Zeitalter der Personalunion mit England 1714–1803 (Hildesheim, 1949), p. 11, clause 19.
Meinecke used the Mecure historique et politique, founded by Huguenot exiles in 1686, as a prime example of the proper representation of state interest in the early eighteenth century. He claimed one of its authors, Rousset de Missy, was particularly important in transmitting such doctrines. 70 Meinecke was not interested in explaining how Huguenot exiles made sense of their own world. The next chapter shows what the language of the balance of power and protestant interest meant to figures like de Missy and his close friend Abel Boyer.