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Edmund Burke

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Edmund Burke e ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations, which may be soon turned into complaints. Sources: BBC History, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Tradition of Antiquity Represents wisdom as modeled through ancient Greek and Roman cultures Constitution Creates the framework for a functioning country Monarchy Represents the dignity and stability of the state Symbols Enlightenment Ends Burke appreciated Enlightenment philosophers but worried they l acked respect for religion. Britain vs. France The Seven Years’ War led to revolution in France, and Burke worried the revolution might infect England. Revolutionary Era The Industrial Revolution changed economic and social structures, while violent revolutions changed politics and government. Context Burke was born and educated in Ireland and was elected to Parliament in 1774. He was more sympathetic to American colonists than his colleagues but did not approve of the French Revolution. Today Burke is remembered for his thoughtful approach to government and his deep respect for constitutional democracy. EDMUND BURKE1729–97 Author Gradual reform is better than the rapid, intense pace of the French Revolution. Moderation & Restraint Religion is an ally of good government, but the French punish religious leaders. Religion France overthrew the king whose inherited power kept the country stable. Inheritance & Succession In the midst of the French Revolution, which began in July 1789, British politician and orator Edmund Burke delivers his analysis of its causes and conduct. He warns the revolution is excessively violent and may lead to more bloodshed before it ends. Analytical Thoughts in Revolutionary Times MAIN IDEAS English Original Language 1790 Year Published Edmund Burke Author Reflections on the Revolution in France History Essay

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