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Bentham, Byron, and GreeceConstitutionalism, Nationalism, and Early Liberal Political Thought$
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F. Rosen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200789.001.0001

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Who Killed Lord Byron?

Who Killed Lord Byron?

(p.247) 12 Who Killed Lord Byron?
Bentham, Byron, and Greece

F. Rosen

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Jeremy Bentham, the theorist, was working on a different level and towards different objects from the ideologues Edward Blaquiere and Leicester Stanhope. However, one cannot account for the desires, motives, and interests that guide human action either by theory or by ideology alone. The failure of the expedition to Greece was not simply, or even primarily, a failure of liberalism to take root in that stony soil. Without the ideological commitment of John Bowring and Blaquiere, the London Greek Committee might never have been founded and no assistance of any consequence would have been forthcoming. It was in the general arrangements, prior to the departure of the expedition, that a seriously defective plan was agreed, and from that plan disaster followed with the inevitability of an ancient Greek tragedy.

Keywords:   Jeremy Bentham, Edward Blaquiere, Leicester Stanhope, liberalism, Greece, London Greek Committee, John Bowring

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