History

Liberty Fund's history collection opens windows into history, and into the history of writing about history. Whether it is David Hume's eighteenth-century account of English history stretching from Julius Caesar to the Glorious Revolution or Edmund Burke's analysis of the American and French Revolutions as he watched them unfold, our books encourage readers to reflect on the events of history and the ways we discuss those events over time.

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  • The Roots of Capitalism

    by John Chamberlain

    Capitalism is a system that can stand on its own attainments, says John Chamberlain, and he offers here a fast-paced, provocative look at the intellectual forces and practical accomplishments that have created American capitalism. In clear, unequivocal language he discusses the ideas responsible for our economic institutions, the originators of these ideas, and the times in which they first became…

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  • The Roots of Liberty

    by Ellis Sandoz

    The Roots of Liberty is a critical collection of essays on the origin and nature of the often elusive idea of liberty. The essays address early medieval developments, encompassing such seminal issues as the common-law mind of the sixteenth century under the Tudor monarchs, the struggle for power and authority between the Stuart kings and Parliament in the seventeenth century,…

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  • Select Works of Edmund Burke

    by Edmund Burke

    This famed Payne edition of Select Works of Edmund Burke is universally revered by students of English history and political thought. Volume 1, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America, contains Burke’s brilliant defense of the American colonists’ complaints of British policy, including “Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents” (1770), “Speech…

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  • Selected Writings of Lord Acton

    by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

    Lord Acton was among the most illustrious historians of nineteenth-century England, a man of great learning with a deep devotion to individual liberty and a profound understanding of history. Liberty Fund is proud to offer the most complete collection of Acton essays ever published. Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty Included are his two famous essays on the…

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  • The Story of Law

    by John M. Zane

    Written for the layman as well as the attorney, The Story of Law is the only complete outline history of the law ever published. “It is,” too, noted journalist William Allen White of the original edition, “the sort of book that any lawyer could take home and give to his children in their teens and twenties as a justification of…

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  • The Struggle for Sovereignty

    by Joyce Lee Malcolm

    For much of Europe the seventeenth century was, as it has been termed, an “Age of Absolutism” in which single rulers held tremendous power. Yet the English in the same century succeeded in limiting the power of their monarchs. The English Civil War in midcentury and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 were the culmination of a protracted struggle between kings…

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  • Select Works of Edmund Burke: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America

    by Edmund Burke

    This famed Payne edition of Select Works of Edmund Burke is universally revered by students of English history and political thought. Volume 1, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America, contains Burke’s brilliant defense of the American colonists’ complaints of British policy, including “Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents” (1770), “Speech…

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  • A Vindication of Natural Society

    by Edmund Burke

    This is a new edition of Edmund Burke’s first work, originally issued anonymously in 1756 as a letter attributed to “a late noble writer.” In 1757 Burke produced a revised version with a new preface but still did not attach his name to the work. This Liberty Fund edition is based on the 1757 revision. The Vindication is a political…

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