Book — 1 online resource (xliii, 322 pages). Digital: data file.
Introduction : Edmund Burke, the political actor thinking / Frank M. Turner
Reflections on the revolution in France / Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke: prophet against the tyranny of the politics of theory / Conor Cruise O'Brien
Edmund Burke and the literary cabal: a tale of two enlightenments / Darrin M. McMahon
Why American constitutionalism worked / Jack N. Rakove
Democracy, social science, and rationality: reflections on Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France / Alan Wolfe.
"Reflections on the Revolution in France" was written in 1790 and has remained in print ever since. Edmund Burke's analysis of revolutionary change established him as the chief framer of modern European conservative political thought. This new edition of the "Reflections" presents Burke's famous text along with a historical introduction by Frank Turner and four critical essays by leading scholars. The volume sets the "Reflections" in the context of Western political thought, highlights its ongoing relevance to contemporary debates, and provides abundant critical notes, a glossary and a glossary-index to ensure its accessibility. Contributors to the book examine various provocative aspects of Burke's thought. Conor Cruise O'Brien explores Burke's hostility to "theory", Darrin McMahon considers Burke's characterization of the French Enlightenment, Jack Rakove contrasts the views of Burke and American constitutional framers on the process of drawing up constitutions, and Alan Wolfe investigates Burke, the social sciences, and liberal democracy. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xxv, 343 pages) : portrait
Letter to Charles-Jean-François Depont (November, 1789)
Letter to Philip Francis (February, 1790)
A letter to a member of the National Assembly (May, 1791)
An appeal from the new to the old whigs (August, 1791)
Thoughts on French affairs (December, 1791)
Letter to William Elliot (May, 1795)
A letter to a noble Lord (February, 1796).
In his famous Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Edmund Burke excoriated French revolutionary leaders for recklessly destroying France's venerable institutions and way of life. But his war against the French intelligentsia did not end there, and Burke continued to take pen in hand against the Jacobins until his death in 1797. This new collection brings together for the first time Burke's most important essays and letters on the French Revolution. There are seven items in the collection. Taken together, they anticipate, refine, and embellish Burke's Reflections. Included are Burke's "Letter to a Member of the National Assembly, " in which he assails Jean Jacques Rousseau, the patron saint of the French Revolution; Burke's "Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, " in which he presents his classic defense of the Glorious Revolution of 1688; and his "A Letter to a Noble Lord, " in which he defends his life and career against his detractors and, according to John Morley, writes "the most splendid repartee in the English language."