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Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire$
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Daniel I. O`Neill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287822

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287822.001.0001

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The New World

The New World

(p.47) Chapter 2 The New World
Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire

Daniel I. O’Neill

University of California Press

This chapter examines Edmund Burke's belief that the British Empire must be kept together and expanded in the New World. More specifically, it considers Burke's use of arguments based on Ornamentalism and Orientalism in an attempt to delineate the appropriate boundaries between liberty and subordination for the various peoples in America and the Caribbean living under imperial rule, particularly Native Americans and African slaves. It also discusses Burke's support for a policy of conciliation with the colonies built on the moral psychology of “sympathy” he endorsed-an approach that stressed the importance of civilizational solidarity between Britain and colonial America built on their underlying similarity. Finally, it explores Burke's later views on slavery and his decision to support Britain's total war against the forces of the French Revolution in the West Indies.

Keywords:   civilization, Edmund Burke, British Empire, New World, Native Americans, African slaves, French Revolution, West Indies, Ornamentalism, Orientalism

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