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Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire
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Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire

Daniel I. O`Neill


Edmund Burke, long considered modern conservatism's founding father, is also widely believed to be an opponent of empire. However, this book turns that latter belief on its head. It shows that Burke was a passionate supporter and staunch defender of the British Empire in the eighteenth century, whether in the New World, India, or Ireland. Moreover—and against a growing body of contemporary scholarship that rejects the very notion that Burke was an exemplar of conservatism—the book demonstrates that Burke's defense of empire was in fact ideologically consistent with his conservative opposition ... More

Keywords: conservatism, Edmund Burke, British Empire, French Revolution, Ornamentalism, Orientalism, empire, British imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520287822
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel I. O`Neill, author
University of Florida