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p. 132. The Rise of Robinocracylocked

  • Paul Langford


‘The Rise of Robinocracy’ describes the establishment of the Hanoverian regime and the Whig system. The failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715 left the new dynasty secure and able to forge a partnership with the Whigs. When the South Sea Bubble collapsed, it brought a financial crisis, out of which Walpole came to power. Walpole's reign came to symbolise the corruption in politics and society that along with demographic crisis, blighted the age. Nonetheless, Walpole was successful in managing parliament and building a broad, stable coalition that gave some Tories a stake in the Whig system. The complacency of the system was threatened by the Jacobite crisis of 1745.

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