That curiously titled incident, "The War of Jenkins' Ear," has received varied treatment by historians. It has been a challenge to the justifiers of English imperialism, and it has attracted those interested in early colonial policies and lovers of the piquant. The earliest historians interested in the war were preoccupied with Jenkins and the ear itself. Later historians stressed the international causes of the war--the colonial commercial and territorial dissension between England and Spain--the two protagonists in the war. While these international antagonisms were the underlying causes of the war, they were not precipitating factors. Study of the sources shows that unrest and dissatisfaction with internal affairs in England caused the war which was always imminent to be declared by England in 1739. The purpose of this thesis is to show the place of party politics in England as the cause of the coming of war in 1739.
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Josiah Cox Russell
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War of Jenkins' Ear, Robert Walpole, Spanish Caribbean, Imperialism
Rosenzweig, Ruth Patty. "The Place of English Party Politics as a Factor in the Causes of the War of Jenkins' Ear, 1739." (1949). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/186