By Andrew C. Thompson
Spiritual rules and power-politics have been strongly attached 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 used to be of significant value to court docket whiggery. This publication considers the significance of this connection. It strains the improvement of principles of the protestant curiosity, explaining how such rules have been used to wrestle the perceived threats to the eu states process posed by means of common monarchy, and exhibiting how the need of protecting protestantism inside Europe grew to become a subject in British and Hanoverian overseas coverage. Drawing on a variety of published and manuscript fabric in either Britain and Germany, the publication emphasizes the significance of a eu 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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105 For Aretin, the struggle between these two concepts was embodied by two powers, Austria and Prussia. There is much to commend this approach. However, there is always a danger of digging too deep for the roots of such conflicts. It is undeniable that AustroPrussian dualism was a major issue after 1740. Whether Austria viewed Prussia as unquestionably the greatest threat prior to this point is less clear. The accession of the elector of Hanover to the British thrones increased Hanover’s claim to be regarded as the premier power of north Germany relatively, if not absolutely.
H. Plumb, The birth of a consumer society: the commercialisation of eighteenth-century Britain (London, 1983). 87 CUL, Ch (H) 78/39 is a good representative of the genre. It details the problems of the protestants of Samogitia in Poland. 88 Black, British foreign policy in the age of Walpole, pp. 118–20. 89 Horn, British diplomatic service, p. 216. 17 BRITAIN, HANOVER AND THE PROTESTANT INTEREST Such a career lent itself to developing some interest in religious politics, if only because of the disputes Whitworth encountered.
In religious disputes, the treaties of 1648 had provided for direct negotiation between the two confessional groups, which were to be treated as equals, even if this was not numerically so. The ius eundi in partes was the procedure invoked 94 See Anton Schindling, ‘The development of the Eternal Diet in Regensburg’, Supplement to Journal of Modern History, 58 (1986), pp. 64–75 and Johannes Burkhardt, ‘Verfassungsprofil und Leistungsbilanz des immerwährenden Reichstags: zur Evaluierung einer frühmodernen Institution’, in Heinz Duchhardt and Matthias Schnettger, eds, Reichständische Libertät und Habsburgisches Kaisertum (Mainz, 1999), pp.