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Bolingbroke: Political Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Hardcover – October 13, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521443937 ISBN-10: 0521443938

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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521443938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521443937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,654,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The volume is a useful starting point for anyone interested in Bolingborke and his context." Ethics

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Bolingbroke: Political Writings provides the first accessible, modernised and annotated texts of three of the most important works in eighteenth-century British political thought. These works, the Dissertation upon Parties, the letter On the Spirit of Patriotism and The Idea of the Patriot King together formed the first coherent platform of political opposition movement in Anglo-American politics and influenced not only radicals in Britain, but the American Founding Fathers and the French Revolutionaries.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By eunomius on September 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lord Bolingbroke is one of the most fascinating figures of the 18th century. The works collected in this volume, most importantly his "Dissertation upon Parties" and "The Idea of a Patriot King," are undeniable classics of political philosophy. Throughout, Bolingbroke expresses a strong devotion to liberty and voices even more severe criticism of government. Yet, it is surely an odd mixture, as Bolingbroke is indeed also a Tory, although, a rather Whiggish Tory if I might say so. The influence and significance of these works is hard to overestimate. In particular, they had a profound impact on the American colonists, including such giants as Jefferson and John Adams. Above all, Bolingbroke was also a fine writer, and his work is a pleasure to read.
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