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. Romanticism and the War on Terror

Marc Redfield

in The Rhetoric of Terror

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241118 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.003.0012
. Romanticism and the War on Terror

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Burke as a counterrevolutionary writer has produced many writings about the French Revolution and the opening era of human rights. There has been a tradition of reading that Burke is the father or fount of modern conservatism and as a self-divided figure and covertly akin to sympathy with the revolutionary. Reflection reveals Burke repeating what he condemns and his worries about the status of the borders that he cannot help systematically. His writing in the great political philosophical tradition that descends from Aristotle through Hobbes produces a social-contract justification of governmental authority. At other times Burke, whose references to traditional religious faith never come across as very deeply felt, offers a more secular account of society's origins. Burke's writing in 1970 becomes prominent above all in the Letters on a Regicide Peace because he insists that the war on terror must be a total war, fought without remission or mercy.

Keywords: war on terror; Romanticism; Burke; conservatism; counterrevolutionary; French Revolution; terror; human rights

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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