Reflections on the Revolution in France | Study Guide

Edmund Burke

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Section 1 Burke begins his pamphlet with a salutation to Charles–Jean–François Depont. Depont (1767–96) was a young Frenchman who ... Read More
Section 2 In this section Burke turns to the claim by Price in his sermon that citizens have the right of "cashiering their govern... Read More
Section 3 Burke's central concern in the first part of this section is property. As he asserts, "Nothing is a due and adequate rep... Read More
Section 4 Burke focuses on the subject of the proper relationship between church and state. The framers of the new American consti... Read More
Section 5 Burke continues his denunciation of the confiscation of clerical property in France. Burke offers the example of Henry V... Read More
Section 6 Burke trains his sights on an analysis of the two classes, or "estates," most reviled by the revolutionaries in France: ... Read More
Section 7 Burke begins these pages with an economic cost–benefit analysis of the confiscated lands that had been in the hands of t... Read More
Section 8 Burke continues his examination of the new arrangements for elections in France. He begins by criticizing the National A... Read More
Section 9 Burke now turns to what he had earlier designated as the second "cementing" component of the National Assembly's arrange... Read More
Section 10 Burke devotes these pages to a strong indictment of the anarchy that has befallen the French military. He begins with an... Read More
Section 11 Burke turns to consider landholding, rents, taxes, and the French peasantry. Harking back to the ancient feudal system, ... Read More
Section 12 In mid–November 1790, several weeks after the publication of Reflections on the Revolution in France, François–Louis–Thi... Read More
Section 13 Burke continues his discussion of the adulation accorded to Jean–Jacques Rousseau. Burke considers that Rousseau has cor... Read More
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