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Why did Edmund Burke call the French Revolution a Democratic Revolution?

By Salih Emre Gercek Democracy’s fiercest opponents are responsible for its revival as a modern idea. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France,[1] in the autumn of 1790, Edmund Burke declared that the French Revolution was bringing democracy...
From: Age of Revolutions on 3 Jun 2019

A scene in the Crown & Anchor Tavern

“Fox and Sheridan (left) sit together at the head of a rectangular table on which is a punch-bowl, &c, looking with dismay at whigs (right), who advance to hurl their wigs at a large pile of wigs on the left (inscribed ‘The Heads having...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 29 Mar 2019

The golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up

“A sequel to British Museum Satires no. 6438. George III, seated on a balloon, points downwards with his sceptre to an image of Pitt (right) as a naked child, on a column which is inscribed ‘Family Presumption’. The king looks down at...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 4 Dec 2018

“He was the delight and ornament of this House”

Yesterday I quoted Horace Walpole’s immediate response to the death of Charles Townshend in September 1767. Townshend had a big personality full of contradictions, and he seems to have both fascinated and exasperated his political peers—who...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Sep 2017

A Trial and Execution in India

What was happening in India while the siege of Boston got under way on the far side of the world? The Executed Today blog describes a controversial court case:On [5 Aug] 1775, inconvenient Indian official Nandakumar (or Nand Kumar, or Nuncomar) was hanged...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Aug 2017

Adam Smith: poverty and famine

Adam Smith, drawing by John Kay, 1790. My Besterman lecture was a highly critical assessment of Adam Smith’s views on famine. In The Wealth of Nations (1776) Smith claims that in a free market economy famines will never occur. The famines that...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 26 Jun 2017

Revolutionary Review: Armitage’s Civil Wars: A History in Ideas

Book Review Armitage, David. Civil Wars: A History in Ideas. New York: Knopf, 2017. 349 pp. Reviewed by Bryan Banks In his Reflections on Revolution in France, Edmund Burke, the Irish Whig and political theorist, argued that the hazardous politics...
From: Age of Revolutions on 10 Apr 2017

“The right of representation and taxation always went together”

Having spent a week on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, I’m going to jump back to 250 years ago and Parliament’s debate over what to do about the Stamp Act. That law was clearly unenforceable in North America. The Marquess of Rockingham’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jan 2016

The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wooldridge

Thomas Wooldridge (often called Woolridge) returned to London by September 1773, having cultivated a relationship with Secretary of State Dartmouth and made contact with merchants in multiple North American ports. Through his father-in-law, William Kelly,...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Aug 2015

The Feuding Pearce family

You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.       Never was the old adage as true as in the case of the feuding Pearce family.  We stumbled upon them and their story whilst looking for the husband of the subject of...
From: All Things Georgian on 5 Mar 2015

Finally, the Debate Over the Stamp Act

So did Isaac Barré speak against the Stamp Act in the House of Commons on 6 Feb 1765? Edmund Burke recalled that debate as unexciting, but on 12 February Horace Walpole wrote that Barré had delivered “a pretty heavy thump” to bill advocate Charles...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Feb 2015

"There is too much democracy in Massachusetts Bay. Virginia has no democracy in its government;..."

“There is too much democracy in Massachusetts Bay. Virginia has no democracy in its government; Connecticut is totally democratical; and yet there is no colony so obedient as Connecticut. I infer from this, not that one government is better than another;...
From: Revolutionary Thoughts on 26 Jan 2015

Of Rights and Witches: Bentham’s Critique of the Declaration of Independence

It is not surprising that friends of the Enlightenment tend to assume that the Enlightenment was generally friendly towards the American Revolution. Richard Price had, after all, been an energetic supporter of the Colonial cause and, like Joseph Priestley,...
From: Persistent Enlightenment on 3 Jul 2014

The Revolutions of Sir Robert Smyth

In 1774, Thomas Paine emigrated to Pennsylvania with a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin and a fervent wish to help the American colonists resist the royal government. That same year, Sir Robert Smyth (1744-1802) was first elected to Parliament,...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Sep 2013

New Biography of Edmund Burke

Political philosophy and history are not my strong suits, but this biography of the founder of political conservatism does sound worthwhile (from The Catholic Herald):Publishing is often about timing, and the praise rightly lumped on Jesse Norman’s...

Hunk Akert: Luke Gardiner, 1st Viscount Mountjoy

SWM, PoliticianLikes: Travel, marriage, Catholics, mythology, and historyHaving received the most enlightened of educations on my recent Grand Tour, you will find me to be quite a sensible man of feeling.  Being Irish, I (unlike that stupid stupid...

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