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King George III and the PoliticiansThe Ford Lectures Delivered in The University of Oxford 1951-2$
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Richard Pares

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198811305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198811305.001.0001

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Amateurs and Professionals in Politics

Amateurs and Professionals in Politics

(p.1) I Amateurs and Professionals in Politics
King George III and the Politicians

Richard Pares

Oxford University Press

This chapter interprets British politics in terms of local or personal connections and family prestige, and describes the distribution of political power between classes in the eighteenth century. In the House of Commons, there were some independent members of the governing class who might, according to circumstances, sacrifice much or little of their independence; and these sat beside other members of same class, who could only be regarded as professional politicians, in that they depended on making a career in the office. The exact difference between these two parts of the class is not easily stated. In that age, there were public men who valued their ‘amateur status’ absurdly high. These amateurs liked to think that the professionals were of inferior family.

Keywords:   British politics, family prestige, classes, House of Commons, professional politicians, amateurs

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