The History of Parliament: the House of Commons, 1754-1790 [3 vols]
France, India and the revolt of the American colonies all had an impact on the business of the House during the second half of the eighteenth century, as detailed in these volumes of the History of Parliament.
The subject of the Namier/Brooke volumes concerns a period when politics were dominated in turn by the war with France, the accession of george III, the governance of India and the revolt of the American colonies. The repercussions of those problems upon the House provide the main themes of the Introductory Survey. Largely written by John Brooke, it draws heavily on Namier's views on mid to late eighteenth century politics. The three volumes contain 1,966biographical articles and 314 constituency articles.
"The three volumes which form the first instalment of The History of Parliament constitute one of the most magnificent works of reference ever provided for the student of history. They are remarkable not only as a compendium which codifies the existing state of scholarship but also for the way in which they have traversed and charted territory that had hitherto been dark. . If this work is not, indeed, the end of all history, it is likely sooner or later to stand as a possible fountain of new developments, the starting-point for further analyses and deductions." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW