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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852855819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852855819
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jeremy Black...is a prolific author...The book should inspire further research in other parts of the Stuart Kingdoms on the quality of leaders and more detailed research in manuscript sourses for contemporary observations on the men treated here.' Canadian Journal of History, Spring-Summer, 2006 ( Based on HB edition)

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This is an original and accessible study that both discusses the importance of the Hanoverian dynasty as a whole and considers the kings as individuals. It is a crucial work for those interested in the history of the royal family and for those concerned with eighteenth-century Britain. George III – America’s last king – receives due attention. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milo di Thernan on 30 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
234 years of unpopular kings span the gap between the reigns of two popular English queens, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. Of the years between 1603 and 1837, the Hanoverian kings ruled for 123 of them (1714 - 1837) and presided over an unmanageable wad of history - the birth struggle of representative politics between 1701's Act of Succession and 1832's Reform Act, Peter the Great's Russia, Frederick II's Prussia and three kinds of France (from belligerent Bourbons to revolutionaries to Napoleon), as well as global colonial wars. In a couple of hundred pages, this book equips you with enough secure knowledge on which to build an understanding of the period, which will take thousands of pages to comprehend fully. Only about a quarter of it is exhausting for people unfamiliar with Europe's political dramatis personae, but shoulder-barge your way through and you will emerge with a strong context for more study of the 18th century. For this alone, it deserves to be read. You won't like the Georges, but you will be fascinated by at least one of an an endless list of the people, places and institutions they sponsored or suffered from - whether it be Walpole, two Pitts, Handel, the Royal Academy, Buckingham Palace, the Carolinas, Georgia, Melbourne or Adelaide. I am now in a position to take the long way round, because this book has given me some idea of possible routes through the chaotic 18th century, but that will take much more than 232 pages. Before he undertook this, the author must have know he had little chance of answering more questions than he introduced, but went ahead anyway. I'm glad he did.
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By Scotsman on 15 Aug. 2013
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I bought this to aid some research into an area of coin collecting I find particularly interesting and found it to be quite readable while going into plenty of depth. Very few places to skip through so make sure you are prepared for a long read - it feels just slightly disjointed in some places. Otherwise - highly recommended.
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By KR on 24 Dec. 2012
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The book answered my questions. They're less interesting than earlier dynasties basically because during th eir reigns the monarchy became less significant politically
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Exploring both the character of the rulers themselves 11 Nov. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A history professor and a leading expert on eighteenth-century Britain, Jeremy Black presents The Hanoverians: The History Of A Dynasty, an enthralling true account of British King George I, George II, George III, and George IV, who presided during an era when they were seen virtually as foreigners by their own subjects. Their dynasty survived the invasion of England by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, and the loss of the American colonies, and achieved conquest both Canada and India. Exploring both the character of the rulers themselves, and the lasting impact of their rule, The Hanoverians is a remarkable and welcome contribution to British and world history shelves.
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It's not the Hanoverians we have to fear but another book by Jeremy Black 2 Aug. 2014
By Bob D'Amato - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
God spare us from another book like this. I want my money back.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Total waste of time 10 Feb. 2010
By W. Cosby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for a course and no one in the class including the instructor found anything good to say about it. It is a good subject still waiting for a readable book
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WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THESE LOSERS WOULD ACCEND TO ONE OF THE GREAT EUROPEAN THRONES 1 Oct. 2006
By Shannon Deason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very thorough well written book on one of the most unlikely European Dynasty's. I mean when George I asscended to the thrown of England he could not speak a word of English and the duchy of Hanover was a second rate backwater, thanks to the English law that a Catholic could not accend to the throne, thus disqualifing the great dynasty's of the Bourbon's and the Hapsburg's, this idiot and his bad genes where thrust upon the unfortunite people of England. England then got a line of mediocre to just plain horrible monarchs, George III being the only good one, with Edward VII, George V, and Elizabeth I being mediocre. Victoria was just awful, after Albert ruled for her, then died, she just got lucky with excellent prime minister's like Disralli, and Gladstone, while she just mourned and self indulged her ridiculous grief at Balmoral, she also placed her children on thrones all over Europe, I mean the crazy Prussian Kaiser that started World War I, was her grandson!, talk about bad genes!, at least she stayed out of the way of her ministers, because her idea's where just inane. At least the Hanovarians had the good sense under George V during World War I to change their German name to Windsor, least anyone think they where aligned with the German enemy, which they were not, George V was an English Patriot to the core. The Windsor's of today thanks to the Scottish Queen Mum and British Princess Diana, are actually more English than German, so William will actually be a true British King..what a thought..an Brit on the British Throne.
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