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Virtue, corruption, and self-interest : political values in the eighteenth century

Author: Richard K Matthews
Publisher: Bethlehem [Pa.] : Lehigh University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994.
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This collection of essays examines the importance of virtue, corruption, and self-interest in the contexts of different political and historic settings. The book spans historic time frames (from the Glorious Revolution through the American and French Revolutions to the present), contrasts cultures (England, British America, the United States, France, Spain and its Empire), and represents the efforts of scholars from
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Genre/Form: History
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Virtue, corruption, and self-interest.
Bethlehem [Pa.] : Lehigh University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994
(OCoLC)607867684
Online version:
Virtue, corruption, and self-interest.
Bethlehem [Pa.] : Lehigh University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994
(OCoLC)624461571
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard K Matthews
ISBN: 0934223262 9780934223263
OCLC Number: 28964197
Description: 328 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The concept of virtue in late colonial British America / Jack P. Greene --
Corruption in eighteenth-century English and American political discourse / Isaac Kramnick --
The Franklin persona : the virtue of practicality and the practicality of virtue / Albert H. Wurth, Jr. --
Escaping perfidious Albion : federalism, fear of aristocracy, and the democratization of corruption in postrevolutionary America / John M. Murrin --
Capitalism, civic virtue, and democracy / Alan Ryan --
David Hume and James Madison on defining "the public interest" / Franklin A. Kalinowski --
Political virtue and the lessons of the French Revolution : the view from the slaveholding South / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eugene D. Genovese --
Interpreting French revolutionary political culture / Michael E. Hobart --
Honest judges leave destitute heirs : the price of integrity in eighteenth-century Spain / Mark A. Burkholder --
Corruption, self-interest, and the political culture of eighteenth-century Quito / Kenneth J. Andrien.
Responsibility: edited by Richard K. Matthews.

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