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Peter D. G. Thomas

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719064289

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719064289.001.0001

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Conclusion: factions or parties?

Conclusion: factions or parties?

(p.237) 11 Conclusion: factions or parties?
George III

Peter D. G. Thomas

Manchester University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the first decade of George III's reign as King of Great Britain. The ministry at George III's ascension was a coalition of all the Whig groups, and the next five ministries were all reshuffles of the Whig pack, none entailing a complete change of cabinet membership. This political situation allowed George III to exercise the significant power that lay with the Crown and act in accord with much contemporary opinion. The chapter argues that the British political scene between the accession of George III and the outbreak of the American War was a time when the two sides in Parliament were administration and opposition, and not Tories and Whigs.

Keywords:   George III, Great Britain, Whig, cabinet membership, Tories, Whigs, Parliament, American War

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