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Edmund Burke (1) [1729–1797]

This page covers the author of Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Speech on Conciliation 163 copies, 1 review
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Irish Affairs 12 copies
Letters of Edmund Burke 4 copies, 1 review

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Edmund Burke was born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a prosperous Protestant lawyer who raised his son in that faith. Burke graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1848. He went to London to study law at the Middle Temple, but gave it up to become a writer and public figure. He served as a Member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He became one of the foremost political thinkers and statesmen of the 18th century, and was widely admired for his intellect, his vast knowledge of political affairs, his powers of persuasion, and his vivid writing. He's mainly remembered today for his support of the American War of Independence and his later opposition to the French Revolution. Among his many written works, the most famous remains Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

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