Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cornell University Press
"Behind this study lie two questions. Why is Bolingbroke, known primarily as a rationalist philosopher of the Enlightenment, so worshipped by English conservatives who are themselves, since Burke, so set against what the Enlightenment represents in political, social, and religious thought? The second question relates to Bolingbroke's public life. How does one explain the intense animosity between Bolingbroke and Walpole which provides the energy for English political life between 1725 and 1740? Is it mere vindictiveness, ambition, jealousy, or the inevitable reflex of the 'outsider' against the 'insider'? Or is it, as the late Victorian writers thought, their falling out at Eton which forever fated them to be protagonists?"from the Preface.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
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Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University.
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