Author: Mathieu Ferradou

Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke by Richard Bourke

This is a lengthy, thorough, well-written and impressive achievement of a book. Richard Bourke’s greatest force lies maybe in the fact that he takes Burke seriously, and that he tries to re-construct the coherence behind his political thinking (from the advocate of the American rebellion to the defender of the…

Insurrection: The British Experience 1795-1803 by Roger Wells

This impressive book is one of the two (!) that came out of Roger Wells’s PhD in the early 1980. Its re-edition was most necessary as it is a fountain of knowledge on Britain in the 1790s. Wells wants to challenge the assumption that Britain did not experience a revolution…

Wolfe Tone (2nd edition) by Marianne Elliott

In proposing a biography of the most famous Irish revolutionary, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Marianne Elliott displays her formidable research skills, and succeeds in proposing an account of the man far from the nationalist legend that grew up in the 19th century. However, she does not really replace the man in…