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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:40am - 10:00am
The Influence Of Money, Honor, And Property In Edmund Burke’s East Indian Policy

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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. The Burkes shared money, therefore, Edmund Burke bought an expensive country estate in Beaconsfield in 1768. However, in 1769, news that military conflict had broken out in India reached Britain. This news caused East India Company stocks to plummet which financially ruined Edmund Burke and his kinsmen. Edmund Burke almost lost his new estate which was a crucial component of his growing personal honor. Scholars have long refuted the influence of Burke’s personal life on his politics. This thesis seeks to highlight the importance of Burke’s finances and honor on his East India Company political policy through three aspects of Burke’s life including the importance of his estate, Burke’s desire to secure a venerable reputation to posterity, and a lawsuit against Burke in 1783.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:40am - 10:00am
014 Whiteside Hall