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Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
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Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

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The Cold War

The Cold War

Existential Threat Redux

(p.200) Chapter 11 The Cold War
Edmund Burke in America

Drew Maciag

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows how the postwar antitotalitarian crusade had lent a relevance and immediacy to the Burkean revival that the new conservative movement, the natural law resurgence, the diffuse remnants of Anglo-American traditionalism, and the appreciation of great rhetoric did not. The expansion of communism provided a historical parallel to the spread of Jacobinism in Burke's day; and the chapter asserts that despite fundamental differences between the French and Russian Revolutions, their practical effects were identical. Hence, revivalists consciously reshaped the manner of Burke's appearance in light of problems they identified as crucial to the survival of civilization as they chose to see it. Their entrepreneurial efforts yielded a revised and proprietary image of Burke that supplanted all prior interpretations, and this resulted in a paradigm shift in the application of Burkean thought that has set the pattern to this day.

Keywords:   communism, Jacobinism, Russian Revolution, French Revolution, Cold War

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