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Edmund Burke and the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914: An Intellectual History

Emily Jones


Between 1830 and 1914 in Britain a dramatic modification of the reputation of Edmund Burke (1730–97) occurred. Burke, an Irishman and Whig politician, is now most commonly known as the ‘founder of modern conservatism’—an intellectual tradition which is also deeply connected to the identity of the British Conservative Party. The idea of ‘Burkean conservatism’—a political philosophy which upholds ‘the authority of tradition’, the organic, historic conception of society, and the necessity of order, religion, and property—has been incredibly influential in international academic analysis and in th ... More

Keywords: Edmund Burke, Conservatism, Conservative Party, intellectual history, political history, nineteenth century, cultural history, political thought, Liberal Unionism, W. E. Gladstone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799429
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198799429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Jones, author
Mark Kaplanoff Research Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge