French Revolution Debate in Britain: The Origins of Modern Politics

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Gregory Claeys explores the reception of the French Revolution in Britain through the medium of its leading interpreters. Claeys argues that the major figures--Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and John Thelwall--collectively laid the foundations for political debate for the following century, and longer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333626474
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: British History in Perspective Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

GREGORY CLAEYS is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Table of Contents

• Chronology
• Introduction: The Origins of Modern Political Discourse
• Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and the Origins of Conservatism
• Thomas Paine: Rights of Man (1791-2) and the Origins of Radicalism
• Mary Wollstonecraft: Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and the Origins of Feminism
• The Spectre of 'Levelling': Loyalists and Paineites, c.1791-5
• Varieties of Whiggism: Fox, Sheridan and the Whig Party, 1791-3
• William Godwin: Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793) and the Origins of Philisophical Anarchism
• John Thelwall and the Rights of Labour
• Conclusion
• Notes
• Reading List: Major Figures
• Index

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