Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole

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Cornell University Press, 1992 - Business & Economics - 321 pages
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'Examining the acrimonious political debate during the administration of Walpole from the perspective of its social context, Kramnick focuses directly upon the political culture of Augustan Britain. As the title implies, the volume is chiefly concerned with analyzing the thought and behavior of Bolingbroke and his supporters. The result is the most comprehensive and persuasive general study thus far published of early eighteenth-century British political thought.
  

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Contents

Bolingbroke Political Thought
1
The Political
8
Walpole and the New Economic Order
39
Bolingbroke and the New England
56
Bolingbroke on Natural Law Society
84
Walpole on Politics and
111
Bolingbroke on Politics and
137
Defoe and the Literature of
188
The Nostalgia of the Augustan Poets
205
The Ambivalence of the Augustan
236
Toward a Reassessment of Bolingbroke
261
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Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University, where he also served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and faculty-elected member of the Board of Trustees. He is the author or editor of many books, including studies of the American founding fathers, Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, and the twentieth-century Englishman Harold Laski.

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