Reflections on the Revolution in France Questions and Answers
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What views does Edmund Burke express about social classes and his vision for society at the time in his pamphlet Reflections on the Revolution in France? Burke is clearly a monarchist, but does he view the different social classes? What does Burke have to say about the term prejudice? Which of the three fundamental rights in the pamphlet include the term?

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In his political pamphlet Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke certainly does portray himself as a devoted monarchist. In fact, Burke had such a strong faith in the "natural order of things" that he felt whatever exists, in whatever state, should exist. He believed that human governments would simply evolve into something else if they weren't already the best possible. As a devoted monarchist who believed in natural order, he also felt no qualms about the existence of social class structures. However, he also believed it was the duty of the higher classes to assist those in the lower class, and he believed it was only through that assistance that society could become equalized.

Burke grew up in Ireland during the period of Protestant Ascendancy (1691 - 1801), which refers to a time period in which Ireland was dominated by a few Anglo-Irish landowners of the Anglican Church. Even though Ireland was a separate kingdom, it was controlled by Great Britain, which had separated itself...

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