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F. P. Lock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541539.001.0001

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The Making of the Reflections, 1789–1790

The Making of the Reflections, 1789–1790

(p.243) 6 The Making of the Reflections, 1789–1790
Edmund Burke, Volume II

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the historical background of British politician Edmund Burke's writing of Reflections on the Revolution in France. This book was inspired by his prescient analysis of the taking of the Bastille in 1789. While Burke was still a pariah smarting from the public and private humiliations of the Regency in October 1789, the publication of his book instantly revitalized his career. The book was immediately hailed as a masterpiece in line the works of Aristotle, John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, and as a classic of political thought.

Keywords:   Bastille, Aristotle, French Revolution, political thought, John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli

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