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Sir Robert Walpole's Poets: The Use of Literature as Pro-Government Propaganda, 1721-1742
This is the first booklength study of the literature published in support of Walpole's administration. It explores important pro-government themes and explains how the propaganda network was organized and what precisely the Old Corps Whig leadership hoped to achieve. This book questions the myth that only Grub Street hacks were prepared to support Waipole. Over the years w ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published December 28th 1999 by University of Delaware Press
(first published December 1999)
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Unlike many histories that grapple with party conflict in the Walpole era, this one manages (despite its subject) not to take obvious sides. Urstad is pretty scrupulous in rendering the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition's and government's views of themselves and one another. The book usefully shows that the opposition writers' claim that pro-government writing was universally worthless and thoughtless was itself empty propaganda. However, in finding worth in some of that writing, Urstad ...more