John Wilkes by Peter D. G. Thomas
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John Wilkes
By Peter D. G. Thomas

John Wilkes

A Friend to Liberty

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John Wilkes by Peter D. G. Thomas

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Often deemed the founder of British radicalism, John Wilkes (1725-1797) had a shattering impact on the politics of his time. His audacity in challenging government authority was matched by his skill and determination in attaining his objectives: the freedom of the press to criticize ministers and report Parliament; enhanced security for individuals and their property from arbitrary arrest and seizure; and the rights of electors. That he was a political maverick, of witty and wicked reputation, has led historians to underestimate him - this is the first researched biography since 1917. Contemporaries appreciated his achievements more than posterity, one obituarist writing that 'his name will be connected with our history'. In this fascinating and original biography, Peter Thomas provides an intriguing portrait of the man George III referred to as 'that Devil, Wilkes'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198205449
ISBN-10: 0198205449
Format: Hardback
(233mm x 146mm x 22mm)
Pages: 294
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter D. G. Thomas

Professor of Modern History at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Peter D. G. Thomas is the author of numerous studies in eighteenth-century politics.

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