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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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Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

(p.285) 7 Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790
Edmund Burke, Volume II

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the success of British politician Edmund Burke's book Reflections on the Revolution in France. The book, begun as a pamphlet in reply to Richard Price's sermon, outgrew its original purpose and came to embody Burke's most considered and profound thoughts about politics. However, the book remained a riposte to Price and firmly embedded in the events of 1789–90. This chapter suggests that the retention of the deep marks of the book's origins is characteristic of Burke because he was averse to political theory and never wrote a systematic treatise on politics.

Keywords:   British politics, Richard Price, origins, political theory

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