Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 22, 2012 - History - 178 pages
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A major actor in the American Revolution, English intellectual Thomas Paine (1737-1809) is remembered especially for his pamphlet Common Sense (1776; also reissued in this series), which advocates America's independence from Great Britain. An immediate best-seller, it sold over 100,000 copies in three months. Paine was a dedicated reformer who also lent his support to the French Revolution. First published in 1791, this book was sparked by the publication of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), a direct condemnation of the French uprising; and the fourth edition of this remarkable contribution to political philosophy is reissued here. In a passionate rebuttal of Burke's position, Paine argues that revolution is legitimate against a government that fails to protect its people and their essential rights. Extremely influential in its own day, this book develops a critique of authoritarian governments that remains relevant today.
 

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

Written during the era of the French Revolution, this book was one of the first to introduce the concept of human rights from the standpoint of democracy. The Rights of Man was actually published as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nikmartinak - Goodreads

For the rest of my days I'll submit to Thomas Paine being the world's greatest comedian, and "The Rights of Man" proves that in full. This text contains some of the most scathing criticisms of British ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
3
Section 3
5
Section 4
120
Section 5
124
Section 6
161
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Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the America Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.

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