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Bolingbroke: Political Writings

Edited by David Armitage (NHC Fellow, 1996–97) and Henry St. John

Eighteenth-Century; Glorious Revolution; Government; Political History; Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997

From the publisher’s description:

Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, was one of the most creative political thinkers in eighteenth-century Britain. In this volume, modernised and fully annotated texts of his most important political works, the Dissertation upon Parties, the letter, 'On the Spirit of Patriotism', and The Idea of the Patriot King, are brought together for the first time. Bolingbroke was the first major thinker to face the long-term economic and political consequences of the Glorious Revolution, particularly the creation of the first modern system of party politics. In these works he attempted to forge an ideology of opposition to attack the Whig oligarchy of Sir Robert Walpole. His analyses of constitutional government and the party system are still relevant to the dilemmas of modern democratic politics, as are his recommendations for a patriotic commitment to the common good and the necessity of a non-partisan executive.

History / Political Science / Eighteenth-Century / Glorious Revolution / Government / Political History / Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke /

Armitage, David (NHC Fellow, 1996–97), ed. Bolingbroke: Political Writings. Edited by David Armitage and Henry St. John. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.