The French Revolution in global perspective [electronic resource] / edited by Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson.

Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
1 online resource (247 p.)


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Situating the French Revolution in the context of early modern globalization for the first time, this book offers a new approach to understanding its international origins and worldwide effects. A distinguished group of contributors shows that the political culture of the Revolution emerged out of a long history of global commerce, imperial competition, and the movement of people and ideas in places as far flung as India, Egypt, Guiana, and the Caribbean. This international approach helps to explain how the Revolution fused immense idealism with territorial ambition and combined the drive for human rights with various forms of exclusion. The essays examine topics including the role of smuggling and free trade in the origins of the French Revolution, the entwined nature of feminism and abolitionism, and the influence of the French revolutionary wars on the shape of American empire. The French Revolution in Global Perspective illuminates the dense connections among the cultural, social, and economic aspects of the French Revolution, revealing how new political forms-at once democratic and imperial, anticolonial and centralizing-were generated in and through continual transnational exchanges and dialogues. Contributors: Rafe Blaufarb, Florida State University; Ian Coller, La Trobe University; Denise Z. Davidson, Georgia State University; Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles; Andrew Jainchill, Queen's University; Michael Kwass, The Johns Hopkins University; William Max Nelson, University of Toronto; Pierre Serna, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Miranda Spieler, University of Arizona; Charles Walton, Yale University
  • "Most of the essays in this volume were first presented as conference papers at the 2011 meeting of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era in Tallahassee, Florida"--Acknowledgements.
  • First printing, Cornell Paperbacks, 2013.
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  • The global underground : smuggling, rebellion, and the origins of the French Revolution / Michael Kwass
  • The global financial origins of 1789 / Lynn Hunt
  • The fall from Eden : the free-trade origins of the French Revolution / Charles Walton
  • 1685 and the French Revolution / Andrew Jainchill
  • Colonizing France : revolutionary regeneration and the first French Empire / William Max Nelson
  • Foreigners, cosmopolitanism, and French revolutionary universalism / Suzanne Desan
  • Feminism and abolitionism : transatlantic trajectories / Denise Z. Davidson
  • Egypt in the French Revolution / Ian Coller
  • Abolition and reenslavement in the Caribbean : the revolution in French Guiana / Miranda Spieler
  • The French Revolution and American empire / Rafe Blaufarb
  • Any revolution is a war of independence / Pierre Serna.
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  • 0-8014-6747-0
  • 835374589
  • 1132221471
  • 10.7591/9780801467479
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