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Patriotism and Public SpiritEdmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain$
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Ian Crowe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781275

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Patriotism and Public Spirit
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, to recover the authentic intellectual and professional contexts of Edmund Burke's early career as a writer—contexts freed from anachronistic terminology or retrospective interpretations drawn from his later political thought. Such an exercise entails a more nuanced and complex picture of his early intellectual development and of the literary profession that he joined, and therefore a sharper understanding of the term “Patriotism” as it informs the critical literature of early- and mid-eighteenth-century Britain. The chapter also addresses some persuasive historical perspectives that have persistently militated against a clear view the Patriot influence in Burke's early writings and career. This is followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, Patriotism, Patriots, early writings

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