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What were Edmund Burke's key points in his Reflections on the Revolution In France?

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Burke's basic thesis is that the French revolutionaries, in overthrowing the monarchical system, have embarked on a dangerous course that if allowed to continue will have destructive and even apocalyptic results not only for France, but for all of Europe. In his view, Louis XVI is a mild and tolerant monarch, and he even glowingly extols Marie Antoinette's regal qualities and personal beauty. He sees no reason the power of this monarchy should be questioned or found undesirable.

The Reflections can be seen as a seminal work in which the precepts of what we call conservatism were laid out systematically. In Burke's view, any disruption of the way in which states have traditionally been governed is ill-advised—doomed to failure. Much of his work focuses upon English history and the organic development of the Constitutional system in England and Britain overall. A key point is the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which formed the central event upon which the Whig Party that Burke belonged to...

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