Essay on women wilkes

Nance remembered a Navy medic who approached him and tended his wounds. ‘I wondered where he came from. I was wet, dirty and my hands black and greasy from all the oil in the water, but he was clean and dry. I knew he was from the Navy because he wore green coveralls. As he squatted beside me, he said, ‘This is worse than Salerno.’ He was there. I didn’t see him touch anyone near me. Then he left. Others I asked later said they never saw him. I know he was real, he touched me.’ To this day Nance still wonders where that medic came from.

But historians will not be happy with this book. It is unfortunate that neither the author nor his publisher saw fit to have the text vetted by a historian, for it contains a myriad of triling errors of fact and misconceptions about the British political and social system. A duke is not the same as an earl (p. 33); the Elder Pitt was not wealthy (pp. 38-9); Lord North was not 'a little man', nor was he called George (p. 146); Lord Egremont may have been a chief persecutor of Wilkes, but he was not a Scot (p. 103); and so on. Cash is often careless about chronology, misdating when men held office or acquired titles. His summaries of political events tend to be confused and inaccurate. More disturbing than this propensity to error is the political interpretation of the period. Although Cash occasionally cites the work of Sir Lewis Namier he has failed to grasp the overthrow of whig historiography. He follows 'the great historian George Otto Trevelyan' in asserting that George III's political aim was to establish 'a personal government', an attempt foiled by the failure of the American War (pp. 57, 369). Fortunately he does not apply this interpretation in detail, but here is his summary of the 1774 general election: 'George III kept his control over Parliament in this election. . In the rural areas and small boroughs the radical opposition to the war did not go down well, and the people voted overwhelmingly for the court candidates' (p. 310). A...

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