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A notable eight-month premiership

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Prime Minister for only eight months, the 2nd Earl of Shelburne’s premiership was nonetheless notable, explains Professor Arthur Burns, of King's College London. Shelburne oversaw negotiations with the Americans, which ended the revolutionary war and conceded independence, and supported ‘economical’ reform of the machinery of the state. This is the latest short biography of British Prime Ministers published on the History of Government Blog. 

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