Edmund burke as historian: War, order and civilisation

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This book provides a comprehensive survey of Edmund Burke’s historical thought, a neglected area of both Burke scholarship and historiography. Ranging from Burke’s general conception of history to his accounts of English, European, American, Irish and Asian-Muslim history, this book offers much-needed depth and context to his political life. Sora Sato illuminates Burke’s ideas on civilisation and world order with careful analysis of both his well-known historical concepts, such as the ancient constitution of England and the spirit of chivalry, as well as his lesser-known opinions on war and the military. Written with clarity and precision, this book is an invaluable reference for scholars of Burke, early modern European history and political philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages281
ISBN (Electronic)9783319644417
ISBN (Print)9783319644400
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Burke and Irish history
  • Burke’s historical thought
  • Burke’s historical writings
  • Edmund Burke and western thought
  • Eighteenth-century historiography
  • English historiography Burke and chivalry
  • Enlightenment historiography history of European ideas
  • Enlightenment philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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