Reflections on the Revolution in France
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Reflections on the Revolution in France

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by Edmund Burke
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0486445070

ISBN-13: 9780486445076

Pub. Date: 02/10/2006

Publisher: Dover Publications


Published in 1790, two years before the start of the Terror, Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France offered a remarkably prescient view of the chaos that lay ahead. It provoked an enormous reaction, both supportive and critical, with a flood of pamphlets and books (including Thomas Paine's enduring denunciation, The Rights of Man).

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Published in 1790, two years before the start of the Terror, Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France offered a remarkably prescient view of the chaos that lay ahead. It provoked an enormous reaction, both supportive and critical, with a flood of pamphlets and books (including Thomas Paine's enduring denunciation, The Rights of Man). Endlessly reprinted and studied by countless scholars and other readers, this is a classic of political science and a cornerstone of modern conservative thought.
Burke ranked among the era's most eloquent defenders of democracy; however, he also realized the dangers of unchecked liberty and that mob rule is in no way better than the reign of a king or dictator. His lucid and passionate manifesto, written in the form of letters, employs examples from the aftermath of the French Revolution to demonstrate the superiority of gradual political change over outright anti-authoritarian revolt. A believer in practicality rather than abstract theorizing, Burke articulates a defense of property, religion, and traditional values that continues to resonate with twenty-first century readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486445076
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/10/2006
Series:
Dover Value Editions Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
405,385
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Editor's Preface....................ix
Introduction Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking Frank M. Turner....................xi
Reflections on the Revolution in France Edmund Burke....................3
Rethinking Reflections on the Revolution in France....................211
Edmund Burke: Prophet Against the Tyranny of the Politics of Theory Conor Cruise O'Brien....................213
Edmund Burke and the Literary Cabal: A Tale of Two Enlightenments Darrin M. McMahon....................233
Why American Constitutionalism Worked Jack N. Rakove....................248
Democracy, Social Science, and Rationality: Reflections on Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France Alan Wolfe....................268
Suggested Readings....................291
Glossary-Index....................293

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Reflections on the Revolution in France 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-read for every conservative!
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