Reflections on the Revolution in France

Reflections on the Revolution in France

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By (author) Edmund Burke

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486445070
  • ISBN 13: 9780486445076
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
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  • Sales rank: 86,071

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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.

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Statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-97) ranks among England's foremost political thinkers of the 18th century. A strong supporter of American independence, he fiercely opposed the French Revolution.