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{{Unreferenced|date=July 2008}} The '''Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg''' (informally the '''Electorate of Hanover'''; {{lang-de|Churfürstentum Braunschweig und Lüneburg}}, colloquially ''Kurfürstentum Hannover'' or simply ''Kurhannover'') was the ninth [[Electorate]] of the [[Holy Roman Empire|Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation]]. It was a monarchy in [[Northern Germany]], ruled by the [[House of Hanover]], cadet branch of the [[House of Welf]], which then ruled and earlier had ruled a number of principalities, which had several times been partitioned among several heirs from an earlier unitary territory named [[Brunswick-Lüneburg]] after the pertaining cities of [[Braunschweig|Braunschweig (Brunswick)]] and [[Lüneburg|Lüneburg (Lunenburg)]]. The electorate comprised territories held by the dynastic line of [[Principality of Calenberg|Calenberg]]. With the ascension of its prince-elector as [[King of Great Britain]] in 1714, it became ruled in [[personal union]] with Britain and thus deeply involved into British foreign policy. However, as to the interior it remained a separately ruled territory with its own government and bodies. In 1814, it was transformed into the [[Kingdom of Hanover]], with the personal union with the British crown lasting until 1837. ==Official name and other name versions== In 1692, Emperor [[Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor|Leopold I]] elevated Duke [[Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg|Ernest Augustus]] of the Brunswick-Lüneburg line of [[Principality of Calenberg|Calenberg]], to the rank of [[prince-elector]] of the Empire as a reward for aid given in the [[War of the Grand Alliance]]. There were protests against the addition of a new elector, and the elevation did not become official until the approval of the [[Reichstag (Holy Roman Empire)|Imperial Diet]] in 1708. Then [[George I of Great Britain|George I Louis]] had already succeeded his late father and furthermore had inherited the [[Principality of Lüneburg]], whose dynastic line was extinct in 1705. Calenberg's capital [[Hanover]] became colloquially eponymous for the electorate; however, officially it used the name of the entire ducal dynasty. In 1700 the territories forming the electorate introduced - like all Protestant territories of [[imperial immediacy]] - the [[Gregorian Calendar|Improved Calendar]], as it was called by Protestants, in order not to mention the name of [[Pope Gregory XIII]]. So Sunday, the 18 February of Old Style was followed by Monday, the 1 March [[New Style]]. ===Link with Britain=== In 1714, [[George I of Great Britain|George Louis]] became king of [[Kingdom of Great Britain|Great Britain]], so that the electorate and Great Britain were ruled in [[personal union]]. The possessions of the electors grew in Germany as well, as they de facto purchased the formerly [[Swedish Empire|Swedish]]-held duchies of [[Duchy of Bremen|Bremen]] and [[Principality of Verden|Verden]] in 1719. In 1728 Emperor [[Charles VI (Holy Roman Empire)|Charles VI]] officially [[Enfeoffment|enfeoffed]] [[George II of Great Britain|George II Augustus]], who in 1727 had succeeded his father George Louis, with the reverted fief of [[Saxe-Lauenburg]], which had de facto been ruled in personal union with Hanover and its one preceding [[Principality of Lüneburg]] since 1689. [[File:Hanover1720.png|thumb|Sketch map of the Electorate, ca. 1720, and its neighbouring territories, among others the ducal Principality of [[Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel|Brunswick and Lunenburg (Wolfenbüttel)]]. [[George I of Great Britain|George I Louis]] acquired [[Saxe-Lauenburg]] (by feoffment 1727) and [[Bremen-Verden]] (de facto 1719) for his electorate. [[George II of Great Britain|George I Augustus]] gained the [[Land of Hadeln]] (1731), in the map the bulk of the beige tip at the Elbe estuary. Under [[George III of the United Kingdom|George III]] the electorate acquired the [[Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück]] (1803).]] In 1731 Hanover gained as well the formerly Saxe-Lauenburgian [[exclave]] of [[Land of Hadeln|Hadeln]] (since 1689 in imperial custodianship), conveying it to Bremen-Verden. It took George II Augustus until 1733 to get Charles VI to also enfeoff him with the Duchy of Bremen and the Principality of Verden, colloquially called Duchies of Bremen-Verden. At both feoffments George II Augustus swore that he would respect the existing privileges and constitutions of the [[Estates of the Realm|estates]] in Bremen-Verden and in Hadeln, thus confirming 400-year-old traditions of estate participation in government. In [[Hanover]], the electoral capital, the [[Privy Council of Hanover]] (electoral government) installed a new ministry in charge of the [[Imperial Estate]]s ruled by the electors in personal union. It was called the ''Department of Bremen-Verden, Hadeln, Lauenburg and [[Bentheim]]''. However, the electors spent most of their time in [[England]]. Direct contact with the electorate was maintained through the office of the [[German Chancery]], situated in [[St James's Palace]] in [[London]]. ===Seven Years War=== {{Further|[[Great Britain in the Seven Years War]]}} In the course of the Anglo-[[French and Indian War]] (1754–63) on North American colonies Britain feared a French invasion in Hanover. Thus George II Augustus [[Anglo-Prussian Alliance|formed an alliance]] with his [[Kingdom of Prussia|Brandenburg-Prussian]] cousin [[Frederick II of Prussia|Frederick II, ''the Great'']] combining the North American conflict with the Brandenburg-Prusso–Austrian [[Seven Years’ War|Third Silesian or Seven Years’ War]] (1756–63). In summer 1757 the [[Invasion of Hanover (1757)|French invaded Hanover]] and defeated George II's son [[Prince William, Duke of Cumberland|William Duke of Cumberland]], leading the [[Army of Observation|Anglo-Hanoverian army]], at the [[Battle of Hastenbeck]] and drove him and his army into remote Bremen-Verden, where in the former monastery of [[Zeven]] he had to capitulate on September 18 ([[Convention of Kloster-Zeven]]). But George II Augustus denied his recognition of the convention. In the following year the British army, supported by troops from [[Kingdom of Prussia|Brandenburg-Prussia]], [[Hesse-Kassel]] and the ducal [[Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel|Principality of Brunswick and Lunenburg (Wolfenbüttel)]] expelled again the occupants. Hanover remained unaffected for the rest of the war and after its end peace prevailed until the [[French Revolutionary Wars]] started. The [[First Coalition|War of the First Coalition against France]] (1793–97) with Great Britain-Hanover and other war allies forming the coalition, didn't affect Hanoverian territory, since the first [[French First Republic|French Republic]] was fighting on several fronts, even on its own territory. However, men were drafted in order to recruit the 16,000 Hanoverian soldiers fighting in the [[Low Countries]] under British command against France. In 1795 the [[Holy Roman Empire]] declared its neutrality, comprising Hanover; however, a peace treaty with France was under negotiation until it failed in 1799. Brandenburg-Prussia, however, ended for its part the war with France by the [[Peace of Basel|Treaty of Basel]] (1795), stipulating Brandenburg-Prussia would ensure the Holy Roman Empire's neutrality in all the latter's territories north the demarcation line of the river [[Main (river)|Main]], including the British continental dominions of Hanover, Bremen-Verden, and Saxe-Lauenburg. To this end also Hanover had to provide troops for the so-called ''demarcation army'' maintaining the ''armed neutrality''. ===Napoleonic era=== In the course of the [[War of the Second Coalition|War of the Second Coalition against France]] (1799–1802) [[Napoléon Bonaparte]] urged Brandenburg-Prussia to occupy the continental British dominions. In 1801 24,000 Brandenburg-Prussian soldiers invaded, surprising Hanover, which surrendered without a fight. In April 1801 the Brandenburg-Prussian troops arrived in Bremen-Verden's capital [[Stade]] and stayed there until October of the same year. The [[United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland]] first ignored Brandenburg-Prussia's hostility, but when the latter joined the pro-French coalition of armed neutral powers such as [[Denmark-Norway]] and [[Russian Empire|Russia]], Britain started to capture Brandenburg-Prussian sea vessels. After the [[Battle of Copenhagen (1801)]] the coalition fell apart and Brandenburg-Prussia withdrew again its troops. As part of the [[German Mediatisation]] of 25 February 1803, the Electorate received the [[Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück]] in [[real union]], whose every second ruler had been alternately staffed by members of the [[House of Hanover]] since 1662. After Britain — this time without any ally — had declared war on France (May 18, 1803), French troops invaded Hanover on May 26. According to the [[Convention of Artlenburg]] (July 5, 1803), confirming the military defeat of Hanover, the Hanoverian army was disarmed and its horses and ammunitions were handed over to the French. The Privy Council of Hanover, with minister [[Friedrich Franz Dieterich von Bremer]] holding up the Hanoverian stake, fled to the trans-Elbian [[Saxe-Lauenburg]], ruled by Britain-Hanover in personal union. Soon later the French also occupied Saxe-Lauenburg. In autumn 1805, at the beginning of the [[War of the Third Coalition|War of the Third Coalition against France]] (1805–6), the French occupational troops left Hanover in a campaign against [[Archduchy of Austria|Austria]]. British, Swedish and Russian coalition forces captured Hanover. In December the [[First French Empire|Empire of the French]], since 1804 France’s new form of government, ceded Hanover, which it didn't hold anymore, to Brandenburg-Prussia, which captured it early in 1806. On 6 August 1806 the Holy Roman Empire was dissolved, thereby doing away with the function of prince-electors electing its emperors. Thus the title of [[Electorate of Brandenburg|Elector of Brandenburg]] became meaningless for the [[Kingdom of Prussia]]. After it had turned against France, it was defeated in the [[Battle of Jena-Auerstedt]] (November 11, 1806), and France recaptured Hanover. Following the [[Treaty of Tilsit]] in 1807 the new [[Kingdom of Westphalia]] was founded, ruled by Napoléon's brother [[Jérôme Bonaparte]], then including territories of the former Electorate of [[Hesse-Cassel]], the ducal [[Brunswick-Lüneburg]]ian principality [[Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel]], and formerly Prussian territories. In early 1810 Hanover proper and Bremen-Verden, but not Saxe-Lauenburg, were also annexed by Westphalia. In an attempt to assert the [[Continental System]] the French Empire annexed in late 1810 all the continental North Sea coast (up till Denmark) and the areas along the sections of the rivers navigable for seagoing vessels, including Bremen-Verden and Saxe-Lauenburg and some adjacent territories of Hanover proper. However, the government of [[George III of the United Kingdom|George III]] did not recognise the French annexation, being at war continuously with France through the entire period, and Hanoverian ministers continued to operate out of London. The Privy Council of Hanover maintained its own separate diplomatic service, which maintained links to countries such as [[Austrian Empire|Austria]] and [[Kingdom of Prussia|Prussia]], with whom the United Kingdom itself was technically at war. The Hanoverian army was dissolved, but many of the officers and soldiers went to England, where they formed the [[King's German Legion]]. The Legion was the only German army to fight continually during the whole Napoléonic wars against the French. French control lasted until October 1813 when the territory was overrun by Russian [[Cossack]] troops, and the [[Battle of the Nations]] at [[Leipzig]] later the same month spelled the definitive end to the Napoléonic client state of Westphalia, as well as the entire [[Confederation of the Rhine]], after which the rule of the [[House of Hanover]] was restored. The former electorate became the [[Kingdom of Hanover]], confirmed at the [[Congress of Vienna]] in 1814. == Electors of Hanover == {{main|House of Hanover}} The Electorate was legally bound to be indivisible: it could add to its territory, but not alienate territory or be split up among several heirs — as used to be the rule before, having led at times to a multitude of [[Brunswick-Lüneburg]]ian principalities. Its succession was to follow male [[primogeniture]]. Since this was against the [[Salic law]], then valid for the ducal family, the change needed imperial confirmation, which Emperor [[Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor|Leopold I]] granted in 1692. In 1692, at the upgrading to the rank of electorate, its territory comprised the Brunswick-Lüneburgian principalities of [[Principality of Calenberg|Calenberg]] and [[Principality of Grubenhagen|Grubenhagen]], which the line of the former had already inherited in 1665. But until the confirmation of the electorate by the [[Reichstag (Holy Roman Empire)|Imperial Diet]] in 1708 the Calenberg line further inherited the principality of [[Lüneburg-Celle|Celle]] in 1705. Further included were the earlier acquired counties of [[County of Diepholz| Diepholz]] and [[County of Hoya|Hoya]]. Although the [[Holy Roman Empire]] was dissolved in [[1806]], George III's government did not consider the dissolution to be final, and he continued to be styled "Elector of Hanover" down to [[1814]].
'''Electors of Hanover'''
'''Image''' '''Name''' '''Date''' '''Notes'''
[[File:King George I by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (2).jpg|80px]] [[George I of Great Britain|George I Louis]] or in British tradition ''George I'' 1708–1727 George Louis, son of Ernest Augustus. Became [[King of Great Britain]] in 1714. Acquired [[Bremen-Verden]] in [[1719]].
[[File:KING GEORGE II.jpg|80px]] [[George II of Great Britain|George II Augustus]] or in British tradition ''George II'' 1727–1760 Son of preceding. Acquired the [[Land of Hadeln]] in 1731.
[[File:George III of the United Kingdom.jpg|80px]] [[George III of the United Kingdom|George III]] 1760–1814 Grandson of preceding. Became King of the [[United Kingdom]] (including Ireland) in 1801. Acquired the [[Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück]] in 1803. He lost, gained, lost again, and regained de facto power in Hanover by various occupations and annexations during the [[Great French War]] (1801–1813). Abandoned Electoral title and became King of Hanover in 1814.
==Further reading== *Ford, Guy Stanton. [http://books.google.com/books?id=so0OAAAAYAAJ Hanover and Prussia 1795–1803]: a study in neutrality'' (1903). {{Template group |list = {{Electors of the Holy Roman Empire after 1356}} {{Lower Saxon Circle}} }} {{coord missing}} {{DEFAULTSORT:Brunswick-Luneburg, Electorate of}}