This 12-volume set contains the complete life works of EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797), Irish political writer and statesman. Educated at a Quaker boarding school and at Trinity College in Dublin, Burke's eloquence gained him a high position in Britain's Whig party, and he was active in public life. He supported limitations on the power of the monarch and believed that the British people should have a greater say in their government. In general, Burke spoke out against the persecutions perpetuated by the British Empire on its colonies, including America, Ireland, and India. Burke's speeches and writings influenced the great thinkers of his day, including America's Founding Fathers. In Volume I, readers will find: . "A Vindication of Natural Society" . "A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" . "A Short Account of a Late Short Administration" . "The Present State of the Nation" . "Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent"