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Reflections on the Revolution in France

Edmund Burke
Edited with an introduction by L. G. Mitchell

26 March 2009

ISBN: 9780199539024

352 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



Edmund Burke was the dominant political thinker of the last quarter of the eighteenth century in England. His reputation depends less on his role as a practising politician than on his ability to set contemporary problems within a wider context of political theory. Above all, he commented on change. He tried to teach lessons about how change should be managed, what limits should not be transgressed, and what should be reverently preserved. Burke's generation was much in need of advice on these matters. The Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, and catastrophically, the French Revolution presented challenges of terrible proportions. They could promise paradise or threaten anarchy. Burke was acutely aware of how high the stakes were. The Reflections on the Revolution in France was a dire warning of the consequences that would follow the mismanagement of change.

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Edmund Burke

Edited with an introduction by L. G. Mitchell, Fellow and Praelector in Modern History, University College, Oxford

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