Empire and Community: Edmund Burke's Writings and Speeches on International Relations

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Editors' Notes

Note on the Selections

Given the enormous amount of material available to Burke scholars, any selection of relevant writings and speeches inevitably leaves out many important works. For example, we have not included in this collection some of Burke's most famous pieces, such as Reflections on the Revolution in France or An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs. Although these tracts marked seminal moments in Burke's political career and intellectual development, they are not necessarily the most illustrative of his thinking on international relations. Instead, we have chosen a few of Burke's lesser-known writings and speeches, such as Two Letters on the Trade of Ireland and Thoughts on French Affairs, which better reveal the key aspects of his international theory. Nonetheless, Part 1 frequently cites and discusses key works not included in this collection and refers to personal correspondence and parliamentary debates. For those wishing to pursue Burke's thinking in greater detail, we invite them to delve into these additional sources. Much more Burke awaits the eager mind.

We have provided some explanatory notes, as well as most of Burke's published notes, to help the reader better understand references to people and events and other allusions Burke made in his writings and speeches. We tried to keep these notes to a minimum in order not to distract the reader from Burke's arguments.


Bibliographic Abbreviations
Corr. The Correspondence of Edmund Burke, ed. T. W. Copeland, 10 vols.
   Chicago, 1958- 1978.
Parl. Hist. The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to the Year
  1803
, ed. W. Cobbett, 36 vols., London, 1806- 1820.
Works The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, 6 vols. (Bohn's
  British Classics), London, 1854- 1856.
WSEB The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, gen. ed. P Langford,
   Oxford, 1981 -- (Clarendon Press series, vols. 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9
  published to date).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Editors' Notes ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chronology of Burke's Life and Times xiii
  • Part One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter One - Burke and International Relations 3
  • Chapter Two - Burke's Life and International Affairs 5
  • Chapter Three - Burke and the Theory of International Relations 37
  • Chapter Four - Burke's Relevance 57
  • Part Two Writings and Speeches - Selections 69
  • Chapter Five - On Ireland 71
  • Chapter Six - On America 99
  • Chapter Seven - On India 169
  • Chapter Eight - On the French Revolution 235
  • Notes to Part One 321
  • Bibliography 341
  • Index 347
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