Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole by Isaac KramnickBolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole by Isaac Kramnick

Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole

byIsaac Kramnick

Paperback | May 19, 1992

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"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.

Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of many books, including studies of the American founding fathers, Tom Paine, Edmund Burke, and the twentieth-century Englishman Harold Laski.
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Title:Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of WalpoleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:May 19, 1992Publisher:Cornell University Press

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ISBN - 10:0801480019

ISBN - 13:9780801480010

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'Examining the acrimonious political debate during the administration of Walpole from the perspective of its social context, Kramnick focuses directly upon the political culture of Augustan Britain. As the title implies, the volume is chiefly concerned with analyzing the thought and behavior of Bolingbroke and his supporters. The result is the most comprehensive and persuasive general study thus far published of early eighteenth-century British political thought.

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"An excellent book—erudite, penetrating, and extremely well-written."

- American Political Science Review