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William BeckfordFirst Prime Minister of the London Empire$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166750

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166750.001.0001

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Empire and Patriotism

Empire and Patriotism

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(p.77) Chapter Four Empire and Patriotism
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William Beckford
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Perry Gauci

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300166750.003.0005

This chapter focuses on how Beckford had been influenced by his early experiences of British politics. His respect for the virtue of the middling classes signified a brand of patriotism that aimed to rid the country of the corruption of government contractors, libertines, and Francophiles. It was predictable that Beckford would rise to a new stage of prominence in British society. Not only was this era of key personal importance for Beckford, but scholars have identified the 1750s as critical for Britain's engagement with empire, as the onset of the Seven Years' War tested its imperial visions as never before. Beckford has been seen as a principal agent in popularizing the empire as a force within British politics and society, especially in London itself, thereby helping to promote the colonies as integral to the interests and values of the mother country.

Keywords:   patriotism, British politics, corruption, Seven Years' War, engagement with empire, colonies

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