Edmund Burke and Empire

Iain Hampsher-Monk

in Lineages of Empire

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264393
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734571 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Edmund Burke and Empire

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This chapter discusses Edmund Burke and the British Empire. The first section discusses the background of the concept of empire as it was available to Burke and his contemporaries. The second section examines the ways in which the rise of political economy affected the perception of the empire, and in particular the tension between the political reason of the state and what were increasingly claimed to be imperatives of the international trading system. The last section evaluates Burke’s position on this controversial nexus between the empire and political economy.

Keywords: Edmund Burke; British Empire; concept of empire; political economy; international trading system

Chapter.  8460 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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