Edmund Burke

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197C01Darling Of The Left?19970707

Diehard conservative, suppressed Catholic, friend of the American colonists, implacable opponent of the French revolution: Burke's historical legacy seems unproblematic.

But five illustrated talks this week, marking the 200th aniversary of his death, present revisionist portraits of a complex, subtle and surprising giant of European thought.

1: `Darling of the Left?' With Terry Eagleton, Warton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

Reader Christopher Scott.

197C02A Great Empire And Little Minds Go Ill Together19970708

Five programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Edmund Burke.

2: `A Great Empire and Little Minds Go Ill Together'.

Gordon S Wood, professor of history at Brown University, asks if Burke's support for the rebellious American colonists was as clearcut as they thought - and many today still believe.

197C03The Revolutionary Whig?19970709

Five programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Edmund Burke.

3: `The Revolutionary Whig?' Dr Jonathan Clark, historian and sometime fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, asks if Burke was simply an irreconcilable conservative.

197C04The Rule Of Gentlemen19970710

Five programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Edmund Burke.

4: `The Rule of Gentlemen'.

Harvey Mansfield, professor of government at Harvard University, considers whether, in a postfeminist, postmodernist age, Burke is democratically contemporary.

197C05The Sublime, The Beautiful And Horrific Revolution19970711

The last of five programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Edmund Burke.

`The Sublime, the Beautiful and Horrific Revolution'.

Luke Gibbons of Dublin City University examines how much the Burke appalled by French regicide owed to his improbable alter ego, a young Dublin aesthete of forty years before.