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Charles James Fox

L. G. Mitchell


Charles James Fox was one of the most colourful figures in 18th-century politics. Notorious for the excesses of his private life, he was at the same time one of the leading politicians of his generation, dominating the Whig party and polite society. As the political rival of Pitt the Younger and the intellectual rival of Edmund Burke, his views on the major issues of the day — the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, parliamentary reform — formed the character of Whiggery in his own time and for years to come. Fox's historical reputation has been hotly disputed. Some have haile ... More

Keywords: Charles James Fox, 18th-century politics, Whig party, Pitt the Younger, Edmund Burke, American War of Independence, French Revolution, parliamentary reform, Radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. G. Mitchell, author
University College, Oxford