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Reflections on the Revolution in France

Edmund Burke Conor Cruise O'Brien

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Penguin Classics
30 September 1982
Literary essays; European history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions; Revolutionary groups & movements; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Burke's seminal work was written during the early months of the French Revolution, and it predicted with uncanny accuracy many of its worst excesses, including the Reign of Terror. A scathing attack on the revolution's attitudes to existing institutions, property and religion, it makes a cogent case for upholding inherited rights and established customs, argues for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change - and deplores the influence Burke feared the revolution might have in Britain. Reflections on the Revolution in France is now widely regarded as a classic statement of conservative political thought, and is one of the eighteenth century's great works of political rhetoric.
By:   Edmund Burke
Edited by:   Conor Cruise O'Brien
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   303g
ISBN:   9780140432046
ISBN 10:   0140432043
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   30 September 1982
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Edmund Burke (1729 - 97) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1750 he entered the MIddle Temple in London but soon left law for literature. His Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and the Beautiful influenced many writers of the Romantic period. An MP in the Whig Party, he championed the cause of Catholic emancipation and was involved in the governing India. Conor Cruise O'Brien is Emeritus Professor of the University of Dublin. In 1955 he was Counsellor in Paris and head of the United Nations section on Ireland from 1956 - 1960. He has been a professor at NYU, St Catherine's College, Oxford and at Dartmouth College in the USA. He has written on subjects including Ireland, Israel and the French Revolution.

Reviews for Reflections on the Revolution in France

In this intelligent, probing and insightful book... ELT Journal It is a scholarly, stimulating, entertaining, thought-provoking, even awe-inspiring at times. Language awareness This book makes a distinctive contribution to the field of language education by presenting an innovative approach to the language curriculum, in which ethical considerations are as important as knowledge and experience, and familiar concepts and terminology are reexamined and redefined. Language Teaching Research, 1997


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