The Portable Edmund Burke

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The intellectual wellspring of modern political conservatism, Edmund Burke is also considered a significant figure in aesthetic theory and cultural studies. As a member of the House of Commons during the late eighteenth century, Burke shook Parliament with his powerful defense of the American Revolution and the rights of persecuted Catholics in England and Ireland; his indictment of the English rape of the Indian subcontinent; and, most famously, his denouncement of English Jacobin sympathizers during the French ...

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Overview

The intellectual wellspring of modern political conservatism, Edmund Burke is also considered a significant figure in aesthetic theory and cultural studies. As a member of the House of Commons during the late eighteenth century, Burke shook Parliament with his powerful defense of the American Revolution and the rights of persecuted Catholics in England and Ireland; his indictment of the English rape of the Indian subcontinent; and, most famously, his denouncement of English Jacobin sympathizers during the French Revolution. The Portable Edmund Burke is the fullest one- volume survey of Burke's thought, with sections devoted to his writings on history and culture, politics and society, the American Revolution, Ireland, colonialism and India, and the French Revolution. This volume also includes excerpts from his letters and an informative Introduction surveying Burke's life, ideas, and his reception and influence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140267600
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Portable Library Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 695,232
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. A lifelong member of Parliament, Burke was the author of A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, A Vindication of Natural Society, and Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Isaac Kramnick was born in 1938 and educated at Harvard University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1965, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, Yale and Cornell, where he is now Professor of Government. He is married to Miriam Brody Kramnick and lives in Ithaca, New York. Among his publications are Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Rage of Edmund Burke and numerous articles on eighteenth century topics. He has edited William Godwin’s Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and, with Michael Foot, The Thomas Paine Reader for the Penguin Classics. Most recently he is the author, with Barry Sheerman, MP, of Laski: A Lift on the Left.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Selections

I. CULTURE AND HISTORY
The Reformer A Notebook of Edmund Burke A Vindication of Natural Society A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful Fragment—An Essay Towards an History of the Laws of England Book Reviews in the Annual Register
Speech on the Repeal of the Marriage Act Speeches on Religious Establishment and Toleration

II. POLITICS AND SOCIETY
Thoughts on the Present Discontents Speech on the Middlesex Elections Speech at Mr. Burke's Arrival in Bristol Speech on Economical Reform Speech on a Bill for Shortening the Duration of Parliaments Speech on a Committee to Inquire into the State of the Representation of the Commons in Parliament Sketch of a Negro Code Thoughts and Details on Scarcity A Letter to a Noble Lord

III. AMERICA AND REVOLUTION
An Account of the European Settlements in America Observations on a Late Publication Entitled "The Present State of the Nation"
Speech on American Taxation Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies Address to the British Colonists in North America A Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America

IV. IRELAND AND CATHOLICISM
Tract on the Popery Laws Address at Bristol on the Gordon Riots and the Catholic Question A Letter to a Peer of Ireland on the Penal Laws Against Irish Catholics Letter to Sir Hercules Langrishe A Letter to Richard Burke, Esq., on Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland A Letter to William Smith, Esq., on the Subject of Catholic Emancipation

V. INDIA AND COLONIALISM
Speech on Mr. Fox's East India Bill Speech on the Nabob of Arcot's Debt Speeches on the Impeachment of Warren Hastings

VI. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Speech on the Army Estimates Reflections on the Revolution in France An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs Thoughts on French Affairs Letter to a Member of the National Assembly Letters on a Regicide Peace

VII. SELECTED LETTERS
To the Duke of Richmond To William Burgh, Esq.
To the Marquis of Rockingham To Mons. Dupont To Philip Francis, Esq.
To Captain Mercer To Chevalier de la Bintinnaye To William Weddell, Esq.,
To William Elliot

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