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Reflections on the Revolution in France & Rights of Man by George H. Smith

Reflections on the Revolution in France & Rights of Man

by George H. Smith


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Reflections on the Revolution in France is a slashing attack on the French Revolution by one of Britain's most famous statesmen. Liberty and social order, Burke argues, are maintained by the traditional rights and duties embedded in custom and law. And when these traditions are overthrown in revolutions, society is threatened with chaos, bloodshed, and despotism.

Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine, believed the French Revolution was based on the same principles as the American Revolution: natural rights, an implied "social contract", and the right of revolution against oppressive governments. Paine, unlike Burke, sees government as the primary threat to social order. He has little regard for traditional institutions, if those institutions are oppressive and unjust.


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  • Published: June 2006
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: R066617
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