Date

2012

Department or Program

History

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Ryan Frace

Abstract

This thesis explores the use of the international context in the English political propaganda campaigns during the 1688-9 Revolution. The study focuses on how propagandists used Ireland, Scotland, France, and the United Provinces to impact and influence political sentiments regarding issues of religion, toleration, and rights of the monarchy within England. Both Williamite and Jacobite propagandists used allusions to international political, religious, and ideological issues to garner support for their distinct ideas for the future of England’s development. As these two groups consistently placed England in ideological opposition to foreign ‘others’ within their writings, these parties struggled to define a unique and unified identity for the Kingdom of England and its people.

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