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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782


State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 is a three part series that extends Gale’s widely acclaimed British State Papers Online programme into the eighteenth century giving researchers and students unprecedented access to British government records during the Age of Enlightenment.


State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 represents the final section of the State Papers series from the National Archives in the UK before the series was closed and replaced by the Home Office and Foreign Office series in 1782. Covering the reigns of the Hanover rulers George I (1714-1727), George II (1727-1760) and part of the reign of George III (up to 1782), the series provides unparalleled access to thousands of manuscripts that reveal the behind the scenes, day to day running of government  during the eighteenth century. As such State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 is vital to any understanding of the political, social and economic history of the period and an essential resource for any scholar or student studying the eighteenth century.

Part I: Domestic and Privy Council is available now.

Part I will be followed by Parts II and III which cover the extensive ‘foreign’ government records that focus on Britain’s relations with its colonies, European neighbours and Russia.

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