Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire (Berkeley Series in British Studies) .

Edmund Burke, long considered modern conservatisms founding father, is also widely believed to be an opponent of empire. However, Daniel ONeill turns that latter belief on its head. This fresh and innovative book 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. Moreoverand against a growing body of contemporary scholarship that rejects the very notion that Burke was an exemplar of conservatismONeill demonstrates that Burkes defense of empire was in fact ideologically consistent with his conservative opposition to the French Revolution. Burkes logic of empire relied on two opposing but complementary theoretical strategies: Ornamentalism, which stressed cultural similarities between civilized societies, as he understood them, and Orientalism, which stressed the putative cultural differences distinguishing savage societies from their civilized counterparts. This incisive book also shows that Burkes argument had lasting implications, as his development of these two justifications for empire prefigured later intellectual defenses of British imperialism.

Authors: Daniel O’Neill

Date: 2016

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Format: PDF

Pages: 1



Language: English

ISBN / ASIN: 9780520287


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