The World: The Resolution of Farmer George

"George, be a king!" his mother commanded him, and no one can say that George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, Arch-Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, has not done his best. The first English-born monarch since Queen Anne died more than 60 years ago, George proudly proclaimed in his first speech from the throne that he "gloried in the name of Briton."* Yet paradoxically, his patriotism, combined with the dogmatic, unyielding temperament he has shown since childhood, has torn apart the British Empire...