By Henry Bolingbroke,David Armitage

Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, used to be probably the most artistic political thinkers in eighteenth-century Britain. during this quantity, modernised and entirely annotated texts of his most crucial political works, the Dissertation upon events, the letter, 'On the Spirit of Patriotism', and the belief of the Patriot King, are introduced jointly for the 1st time. Bolingbroke used to be the 1st significant philosopher to stand the long term fiscal and political effects of the fantastic Revolution, really the construction of the 1st smooth approach of celebration politics. In those works he tried to forge an ideology of competition to assault the Whig oligarchy of Sir Robert Walpole. His analyses of constitutional executive and the occasion approach are nonetheless appropriate to the dilemmas of contemporary democratic politics, as are his ideas for a patriotic dedication to the typical sturdy and the need of a non-partisan executive.

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