Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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  • David Williams (University of Sheffield)

The Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the proceedings in certain societies in London relative to that event, written in great haste and with a palpable sense of urgency, were cast in the form of a letter addressed on the title page to “a gentleman in Paris”. Published on 1 November 1790, some two years before the start of the Terror, the Reflections form part of the post-1789 war of pamphlets that saw Burke take up arms against dissenting radicals like Joseph Priestley, Dr Richard Price and other friends of the French Revolution (“the hopping insects of the hour”), for whose views the Revolution Society provided a ready forum. Burke had already attacked Price in the 1771 Letter to the Sheriffs of B…

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Williams, David. "Reflections on the Revolution in France". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism
  2. French Revolution and French Revolutionary Wars: 1789-1802