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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"Behind this study lie two questions. Why is Bolingbroke, known primarily as a rationalist philosopher of the Enlightenment, so worshipped by English conservatives who are themselves, since Burke, so set against what the Enlightenment represents in political, social, and religious thought? The second question relates to Bolingbroke's public life. How does one explain the intense animosity between Bolingbroke and Walpole which provides the energy for English political life between 1725 and 1740? Is it mere vindictiveness, ambition, jealousy, or the inevitable reflex of the 'outsider' against the 'insider'? Or is it, as the late Victorian writers thought, their falling out at Eton which forever fated them to be protagonists?"--from the Preface.

 

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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 and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of many books, including studies of the American founding fathers, Tom Paine, Edmund Burke, and the twentieth-century Englishman Harold Laski.

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