The Manipulation of Power

  • B. W. Beckingsale


In order to keep his hold upon power Cromwell had not only to satisfy the King but also to win enough support from below to enable him to carry out the royal policies. He had to control the incentives and rewards of the King’s patronage. He had to deal with the manoeuvres of hostile faction. To obtain the legislation which he required it was necessary for him to manage parliament. In justification of his measures he was obliged to direct a campaign of propaganda and to watch over the formation of opinion by education. The difficulties of the government in paying for services and in applying military force led to a certain sophistication in the manipulation of persons, institutions and opinion.


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