Burke, Paine, and the language of assignats

Thomas Furniss

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I argue that the implicit relationship, in Wealth of Nations, between the new economics and a 'violent' rhetorical practice and theory - together with the ambivalent attitude towards new practices which at once augment and threaten 'real' wealth or 'real' meaning - forms one of the major sites of struggle between Burke and Paine at a critical juncture in the transition from agrarian to bourgeois capitalism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-70
Number of pages17
JournalYearbook of English Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Edmund Burke
  • Thomas Paine
  • language
  • economics


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