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Lineages of EmpireThe Historical Roots of British Imperial Thought$
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Duncan Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264393

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264393.001.0001

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Edmund Burke and Empire

Edmund Burke and Empire

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(p.117) 5 Edmund Burke and Empire
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Lineages of Empire
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Iain Hampsher-Monk

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264393.003.0005

This chapter discusses Edmund Burke and the British Empire. The first section discusses the background of the concept of empire as it was available to Burke and his contemporaries. The second section examines the ways in which the rise of political economy affected the perception of the empire, and in particular the tension between the political reason of the state and what were increasingly claimed to be imperatives of the international trading system. The last section evaluates Burke’s position on this controversial nexus between the empire and political economy.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, British Empire, concept of empire, political economy, international trading system

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