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Title: The domestic policies of the Addington Administration, 1801-4
Author: Polden, Patrick
ISNI:       0000 0004 2681 4440
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 1975
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On the whole the governments of Britain between the end of Pitt's first administration in 1801 and the major cabinet reshuffle which transformed Lord Liverpool's ministry in 1822 have not impressed historians, though the performances of individuals, such as Lord Castlereagh's diplomacy and Lord Barham's naval reforms, have sometimes been singled out for praise. Recently, however, attempts have been made to rehabilitate the general performance of some of these administrations and their leaders; Mr. Gray has shown Perceval in a favourable light, Dr. Cookson has argued that Liverpool's ministry before 1822 was neither so reactionary nor so inefficient as has usually been alleged and that Liverpool's leadership was of a very high order, and Dr. Harvey has similarly offered a partial vindication of the Talents. The historiography of the Addington administration has followed a similar course, and its lack of favour is not difficult to explain. In the first place, Addington had the misfortune to incur the opposition of the two leading politicians of his day, the younger Pitt and Charles James Fox, whom most Victorian politicians and writers of the Tory and Whig persuasions respectively regarded with veneration. ' Then again, Addington's later career placed him squarely in the reactionary Tory tradition of Eldon and Castlereagh which had few articulate admirers after the demise of Wellington's government
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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