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Walpole by John Morley offers a comprehensive look at the life and political career of Sir Robert Walpole, often considered the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Morley provides a detailed analysis of Walpole's influence on British politics and his strategies for maintaining power for over two decades.

The book delves into Walpole's management of the government, his handling of crises such as the South Sea Bubble, and his ability to navigate the complex world of court politics. Morley also examines Walpole's impact on the development of political parties and the role of Parliament in British governance.

One of the strengths of the book is Morley's nuanced portrayal of Walpole as a shrewd and pragmatic leader who prioritized stability and consensus-building. Morley also does a commendable job of placing Walpole's accomplishments and failures in the context of the turbulent political landscape of his time.

Overall, Walpole by John Morley is a compelling read for anyone interested in British history, political leadership, or the evolution of parliamentary democracy. Morley's insightful analysis and engaging writing style make this biography a valuable addition to the literature on Sir Robert Walpole and his enduring legacy.

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Robert Walpole, 1st Duke of Orford (1676-1745), is generally regarded as the first prime minister of Great Britain. This is a short biography of this important and controversial statesman by the British historian and anti-imperialist, John Morley (1838-1923).

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