Burke 's View Of History Essay

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Burke’s view of history, which grounded himself in his classical conservative views, believed that continuing in the systems of old was the best way to keep a stable and functioning political climate. Burke’s differing reactions to the American and French Revolutions highlights this fact nicely. Burke, a supporter of the American Revolution, believed that their revolution was an attempt to preserve their old way of life from an increasingly involved British government. In his view, the revolution was perfectly justified as it did not attempt to supplant the ideas of old. Burke was vehemently opposed to the French Revolution, however, as it was an attempt to supplant not only their political system, but also their other institutions, including the church, scientific measuring system, and calendar. Burke’s Reflections on Revolution in France is dedicated to refuting the ideals of the French Revolution, writing, “All the pleasing illusions which made power gentle and obedience liberal, which harmonized the different shades of life and which a bland assimilation incorporated into politics the sentiments which beautify and soften private society, are to be dissolved by this new conquering empire of light and reason” (Burke PR 351). For him, the destruction of France’s old order invited disorder and instability, and Burke was vindicated in this sense when the Revolution began to take such a turn in 1792 with the Reign of Terror. For Marx, political improvement was inevitable in…

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