Edmund Burke and International Relations

The Commonwealth of Europe and the Crusade against the French Revolution

  • Jennifer M. Welsh

Part of the St Antony’s book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-21
  3. Burke’s Theory of International Society

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      Pages 23-24
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      Pages 25-48
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      Pages 49-69
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      Pages 70-88
  4. The Conservative Crusader

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      Pages 89-92
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      Pages 93-114
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  5. Conclusion

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      Pages 167-180
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-247

About this book


The mind of Edmund Burke has attracted the attention of countless political theorists, historians, and biographers. Nonetheless, one aspect of Burke's thinking has been neglected: his perspective on international relations. This book seeks to address that gap, by analysing Burke's reaction to the international events of his century. The book argues that the tension between Burke's constitutionalism and crusading is ultimately reconciled by his broader conception of international legitimacy and order. It is only by widening the definition of international theory to include domestic as well as international politics that one can resolve this tension in Burke's theory and arrive at a richer understanding of the nature of international order, both historically and today.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer M. Welsh
    • 1
  1. 1.Policy Planning StaffMinistry of Foreign AffairsCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39230-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37482-9
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