1784-1797 Volume 2
By (author) F. P. Lock
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Edmund Burke by F. P. Lock
Book DescriptionThis is the second and concluding volume of a biography of Edmund Burke (1730-97), a key figure in eighteenth-century British and Irish politics and intellectual life. Covering the most interesting years of his life (1784-97), its leading themes are India and the French Revolution. Burke was largely responsible for the impeachment of Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal. The lengthy (145-day) trial of Hastings (which lasted from 1788 to 1795) is recognized as a landmark episode in the history of Britain's relationship with India. Lock provides the first day-by-day account of the entire trial, highlighting some of the many disputes about evidence as well as the great set speeches by Burke and others. In 1790, Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France, the earliest sustained attack on the principles of the Revolution. Continuously in print ever since, the Reflections remains the most widely read and quoted book about the Revolution. The Reflections was followed by a series of anti-revolutionary writings, as Burke maintained his crusade against the Revolution to the end of his life. In addition to these leading themes, the biography examines many other topics in its coverage of Burke's busy and varied life: his parliamentary career; his family, friendships, and philanthropy; and his often difficult and obsessive personality. There are more than thirty illustrations, including many contemporary caricatures that convey how Burke was perceived by an often hostile and uncomprehending public. Controversial in his time, Burke is now regarded as one of the greatest of orators in the English language, as well as one of the most influential political philosophers in the Western tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198206798
(242mm x 163mm x 52mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author F. P. Lock
Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, Paperback (July 2012)
This is one of the major texts in the western intellectual tradition. The book describes Burke's political and intellectual world, stressing the importance of the idea of 'property' in Burke's thought. It then focuses more closely on Burke's personal and political situation in the late 1780s to explain how the Reflections came to be written.
Edmund Burke, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by F. P. Lock
This volume concludes Professor Lock's magisterial biography of Edmund Burke, one of the most influential political philosophers in the Western tradition. Covering the most interesting years of Burke's life, the leading themes are India and the French Revolution. Burke was a key figure in shaping long-term British attitudes to both.
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Author Biography - F. P. Lock
F. P. Lock has been Professor of English at Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, since 1987, having previously taught at the University of Queensland, Australia. A specialist in eighteenth-century studies, his previous books include The Politics of 'Gulliver's Travels' (1980), Swift's Tory Politics (1983), and Burke's 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' (1985). While researching his biography of Burke (the first volume of which appeared in 1999), he discovered about sixty new Burke letters, which have been published in the English Historical Review (1997-2003).
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