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The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century FranceBetween the Ancients and the Moderns$
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Rachel Hammersley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079320

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.001.0001

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Viscount Bolingbroke:an atypical commonwealthman

Viscount Bolingbroke:an atypical commonwealthman

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(p.54) 3 Viscount Bolingbroke:an atypical commonwealthman
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The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France
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Rachel Hammersley

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.003.0004

Given his French connections and influence, Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke played an important role as a conduit for the transfer of English republican ideas across the Channel. It seemed that despite his Tory credentials, Bolingbroke's political thought had much in common with that of the Real Whigs. In addition to expressing views very similar to theirs, Bolingbroke also appears to have shared their cosmopolitan outlook. His works included numerous examples drawn from the history of other European countries, which revealed the depth of his knowledge in this area. His expertise on French history and politics was particularly strong and he engaged directly in the controversial contemporary debates concerning French history. Bolingbroke's works also became well known in France.

Keywords:   English republican ideas, Viscount Bolingbroke, France, Real Whigs, French history

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