Edmund Burke and the American Nation
Cover of issue 35

How to Cite

Edmund Burke and the American Nation. (2006). The Political Science Reviewer, 35, 94-114. https://politicalsciencereviewer.wisc.edu/index.php/psr/article/view/466


In his politics and in his works, Burke spoke for the concept ofthe nation, and nowhere is this more apparent than in hisReflections on the Revolution in France And rarely have hisviews been more relevant than in present-day America. Fortunately,Americans have never been subjected to a revolution asterrible as that of the eighteenth century French. Unfortunately,however, Americans have been victims of political ideas that havebeen fully as revolutionary and superficial as those of the Frenchrevolutionaries and that threaten to render American policy bothenfeebled and directionless. The consequences pose a directthreat to the very idea of an American nation.