Conservative Thinkers

Conservative Thinkers

by Viereck, Peter Viereck
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412805260

ISBN-13: 9781412805261

Pub. Date: 06/15/2006

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Across America today, conservatism is being hotly debated both across the political spectrum and within the conservative movement itself. Much of the public debate is without definition or historical context. This history of conservatism by renowned historian, social critic, and poet Peter Viereck aims to meet the need for a concise, balanced picture of

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Across America today, conservatism is being hotly debated both across the political spectrum and within the conservative movement itself. Much of the public debate is without definition or historical context. This history of conservatism by renowned historian, social critic, and poet Peter Viereck aims to meet the need for a concise, balanced picture of conservative thought in all its different shadings and cultural contexts.

The analytical portion of the book provides a succinct but thorough critical overview of conservatism's most representative figures. Viereck begins with chapters defining conservatism itself, its special technical terms, and its changing historical circumstances. The rest deals with its actual thinkers and statesmen. After each main conservative thesis, the anti-conservative rebuttal is summarized, and the reader is allowed to reach his own conclusions. Though the first stress is on conservative political philosophy (from John Adams to Churchill), key sections also stress non-political conservatism: in religion (Cardinal Newman) and in the primarily cultural protest against material progress (Coleridge, Dostoyevsky, Melville, Henry Adams).

Every major point is concretely illustrated by an appended cross-reference to a primary source in the second half, a well-chosen anthology of key conservative documents. Criteria for inclusion are three, representativeness, depth of perception, importance of influence. The result is not uniformity but a gamut: from extreme intolerant reaction to an evolutionary moderate spirit. The former passes imperceptibly into authoritarianism; the latter, into liberalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412805261
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,447,973
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IConservatism
1Historical and philosophical origins of conservatism10
2"Aristocrat" and other special terms18
3The great reversal : from internationalism to nationalism22
4Burke25
5Coleridge, Carlyle, Newman33
6Tory democracy : Disraeli and Churchill41
7Maistre : Catholic monarchist49
8Tocqueville and Taine : moderate anti-Jacobins56
9Barres and Maurras : authoritarian nationalists60
10Spain : Donoso Cortes63
11Metternich : internationalist and "conservative socialist"69
12Germany69
13Russia84
14Our federalist founders : the conservation of 177687
15Calhoun96
16America since the Civil War99
Pt. IIDocuments
1Edmund Burke, 1770, 1790110
2John Adams, 1776-1821115
3Alexander Hamilton, 1787118
4James Madison, 1787120
5John Quincy Adams, 1791, 1822122
6Samuel T. Coleridge, 1798-1832125
7Friedrich Gentz, 1801128
8Joseph de Maistre, 1810, 1821129
9Adam Muller, 1819133
10Clemens von Metternich, 1820, 1817-1848134
11Benjamin Disraeli, 1835, 1847, 1848, 1862, 1867, 1872139
12Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835, 1840, 1848-52145
13John C. Calhoun, 1838, 1850149
14Thomas Carlyle, 1843151
15Don Juan Donoso Cortes, 1851153
16Jakob Burckhardt, 1864-1893158
17Feodor Dostoyevsky, 1864160
18John Henry Newman, 1864, 1865161
19Pius IX, 1864164
20Louis Veuillot, 1866166
21Henry Sumner Maine, 1885167
22Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886, 1889168
23Konstantin Petrovich Pobiedonostsev, 1898170
24Winston S. Churchill, 1903-1946173
25W. G. Sumner, 1904176
26Maurice Barres, 1916178
27Irving Babbitt, 1924179
28Ortega y Gasset, 1930181
29George Santayana, 1951183
30Frank Tannenbaum, 1952184
31Wall Street Journal, 1955185

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