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Two Classics of the French Revolution: Reflections on the Revolution in France/The Rights of Man Edmund Burke

Two Classics of the French Revolution: Reflections on the Revolution in France/The Rights of Man

Edmund Burke

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ISBN : 9780385265775
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515 pages
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The book, however, is far more than a supremely eloquent piece of occasional writing. For Burke is without a doubt the foremost conservative British political thinker: in his support for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, in hisMoreThe book, however, is far more than a supremely eloquent piece of occasional writing. For Burke is without a doubt the foremost conservative British political thinker: in his support for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, in his skeptical belief in expediency and practical wisdom rather than abstract theorizing, in his defence of property, religion and traditional institutions. On all these topics Burke gave a definitive expression to a set of attitudes still at the heart of todays controversies. And yet Burke was no mere unthinking reactionary, a useful ally in Cold War propaganda- rather, as Conor Cruise OBrien shows in his brilliant introduction, he was an Irishman with a good deal of sympathy for the revolutionary Catholic cause - a latent sympathy which, paradoxically, may explain some of the unparelleled power of his great work.