The Political Economy of Edmund Burke

The Political Economy of Edmund Burke

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The basic theme of the book is that Burke saw property, and in particular the great masses of landed property, as the major check on the expansive power of the state, whether that meant the power of the Crown in Britain or the power of the revolutionary state in France. Property was, by the same token, the support of the intermediary institutions of society. He did not, however, want property to be monopolized by any one class in society. Access to property was a major need for Irish Catholics, who were deprived of it under the penal laws in their own country, as was the protection of the property of the people of India against the depredations of the East India Company.Manual labor or engaging in trade were incompatible with gentility (Las- lett, pp. ... One definition of a yeoman is a farmer-owner with a holding sufficient to occupy his whole time, as opposed to a man whose holding was so small that he wasanbsp;...

Title:The Political Economy of Edmund Burke
Author:Francis Canavan
Publisher:Fordham Univ Press - 1995


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