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No 10 guest historian series

Each month No 10 invites a professional historian to contribute a short article to this series.

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

Henry Addington, born on 30 May 1757, was eldest son of a successful London physician, Dr Anthony Addington. He passed through Winchester College and other schools on his path to Brasenose College, Oxford, and then Lincoln’s Inn, becoming a barrister …

William Pitt the Younger (Whig/Tory 1783-1801, 1804-1806)

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William Pitt (the younger), Government Art Collection

William Pitt (the younger) was born on 28 May 1759 at Hayes Place, Kent, the second son of William Pitt (the elder), later 1st Earl of Chatham and himself Prime Minister. He matriculated at Pembroke College, Cambridge at the age …

Lord Palmerston and the ‘civis Romanus sum’ principle

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In June 1850 the House of Commons began what A. J. P. Taylor would later describe as ‘the greatest debate on the principles of foreign policy in our parliamentary records’. The challenges facing Britain in the middle of the nineteenth …