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Bentham, Byron, and Greece: Constitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought

F. Rosen


This book explores the connection between Jeremy Bentham and Lord Byron forged by the Greek struggle for independence. It focuses on the activities of the London Greek Committee, supposedly founded by disciples of Bentham, which mounted the expedition on which Lord Byron ultimately met his death in Greece. This study provides a new assessment of British philhellenism, and examines the relationship between Bentham's theory of constitutional government and the emerging liberalism of the 1820s. It breaks new ground in the history of political ideas and culture in the early 19th century. It advanc ... More

Keywords: Jeremy Bentham, Lord Byron, nationalism, philhellenism, liberalism, constitutional theory, John Locke, Montesquieu, self-determination, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198200789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. Rosen, author
the Bentham Project