“Let Everything I Have Done, Said, or Written be Forgotten But This:” The Influence of Money, Honor, and Property in Edmund Burke’s East India Company Policy

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Patrick Randall (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Tracey Rizzo

Abstract: In 1765 kinsmen of Edmund Burke, the famous eighteenth-century British statesman, invested heavily in East India Company stock, which exponentially rose the next 3 years. In 1768 the Burkes jointly bought an expensive country estate in Beaconsfield. However, in 1769, news that conflict had broken out in India reached Britain. This news caused East India Company stocks to plummet, and financially ruined Edmund Burke and his kinsmen. Scholars refuted the influence of Burke’s personal life on his politics. This assertion is a result of the work of Sir Lewis Namier, who downplayed the importance of party politics in 18th-century Britain. This thesis seeks to highlight the importance of Burke’s failed investments on his political policy. Burke impeached Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of India, to exonerate himself from the dishonorable circumstances of 1769 and to secure an honorable reputation for himself to posterity.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Edmund Burke, British politics, East India Company

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