1st Edition

William Pitt the Younger

By Eric J. Evans Copyright 1999
    108 Pages
    by Routledge

    108 Pages
    by Routledge

    William Pitt the Younger re-examines Pitt's career in the light of recent research and emphasizes that it should not be stereotyped as having a `reformist' phase in the years to 1793 and a `reactionary' phase thereafter.

    His treatment includes explanation of:

    * Pitt's rapid rise to power
    * the importance of his relations with George III
    * contemporary party politics, including his own description of himself as an `independent Whig'
    * his administrative and financial reforms in the 1780s
    * his foreign policy and war strategy
    * his plans for assuring a satisfactory political union with Ireland and why they were frustrated.

    This volume by Eric J. Evans, includes a complete historical background to the leader's political career and analyses his achievements. The author outlines Pitt's economic, domestic and foreign policy as well as detailing the changes in party politics and monarchy during the period.

    1: The Making of a Prime Minister; 2: Pitt the Political Reformer; 3: Pitt and the ‘National Revival’, 1783–93; 4: Foreign and Commercial Policy, 1783–91; 5: Pitt, Party and Monarchy; 6: A Nation at War, 1793–1801; 7: Pitt, Patriotism and Reform in the 1790s; 8: The Importance of Ireland; 9: The Closing Years, 1801–6; 10: Conclusion and Assessment


    Eric J. Evans