Edmund Burke publishes his famous book Reflections on the Revolution in France. A basic text for conservatives for generations to come, Burke argues in his book that the French Revolution will end in a disaster and that the ancien regime — the entire aristocratic, social, and economic system before the Revolution — must be restored.
Edmund Burke bases his conclusions about the fate of the French Revolution on the belief that however rational it might purport to be, it ignores the complexities of human nature and human communities and that this necessarily dooms it. In contrast, Burke does support the Revolution in America and regards it as being pursued in a manner that is far more consistent with human nature.
Although Burke supports the complete restoration of the original French monarchy as well as the entire system which supported it, he does not accept the idea that monarchies are divinely appointed or that humans have no right to revolt against monarchs. However, he does firmly believe that societies need to protect private property, tradition, and even prejudices. Any reforms must be gradual, regardless of the harm being caused by the injustices that need reform, because rapid change inevitably causes more harm.