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“Providing a fresh perspective on a much-studied classic, Clark’s edition is both innovative and informative. The first modern edition to reprint the text of the first edition of the Reflections, it brings readers closer to the historic document. . . . This volume should become the starting point for serious study of the Reflections.”—F. P. Lock, Queen’s University
“ . . . [Reflections on the Revolution in France] will help both the student and the advanced scholar to engage with one of the founding texts of modernity, as well as providing, in its own right, an interpretive contribution to Burke studies.”—History of Political Thought
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"Providing a fresh perspective on a much-studied classic, Clark's edition is both innovative and informative. The first modern edition to reprint the text of the first edition of the Reflections, it brings readers closer to the historic document. . . . This volume should become the starting point for serious study of the Reflections."—F. P. Lock, Queen's University

" . . . [Reflections on the Revolution in France] will help both the student and the advanced scholar to engage with one of the founding texts of modernity, as well as providing, in its own right, an interpretive contribution to Burke studies."—History of Political Thought

The Times Literary Supplement
This edition of Burke's classic text aims to locate Burke once again in his contemporary political and intellectual setting. It reprints the text of the first edition of the Reflections, and provides extensive notes and a comprehensive introduction.
Booknews
Edmund Burke's classic text, which he appended over the years, was originally written in 1790 in the form of a letter to Richard Price. J.C.D. Clark provides us with a lengthy introduction and annotation to the original, unappended text which follows, in order to situate Burke and his canonical work within its original political and intellectual setting. Price's reply, and Burke's subsequent additions are included in appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804742054
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


J. C. D. Clark is the author of several books, including English Society, 1660-1832 and The Language of Literature, 1660-1832.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction: Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking
Reflections on the Revolution in France 3
Rethinking Reflections on the Revolution in France 211
Edmund Burke: Prophet Against the Tyranny of the Politics of Theory 213
Edmund Burke and the Literary Cabal: A Tale of Two Enlightenments 233
Why American Constitutionalism Worked 248
Democracy, Social Science, and Rationality, Reflections on Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France 268
Suggested Readings 291
Glossary-Index 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Doesn't live up to its billing

    This is one of those books that always comes with the word "classic" attached to it, so I'm assuming that my "not getting it" has more to do with me than Mr. Burke. Nevertheless, how he can justify being so hell-bent against the French Revolution and at the same time so for the American Revolution escapes me. The French revolt against a sitting King was entirely unjustified according to Burke (although the English Revolution of a century earlier against a seating King was completely justified. Go figure.) Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man," written as a response to this book, makes a lot more sense, seems to have much more logical arguments, and doesn't read as nearly as dated as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is an easily navigable treatise on what a British statesman thought of what was happening in France during the French Revolution, in the form of letters written to an acquaintance in France. This was a wonderful read.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    An excellent essay!

    Burke offers very persuasive arguments against the events of the French Revolution. What history claims as the greatest revolution of all time, Burke portrays as a horrific perversion of social liberation, offering the reader a view from another perspective. This is definitely a must read!

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