Global Ramifications of the French Revolution

Global Ramifications of the French Revolution

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This collection of essays is the first to examine the impact of the French Revolution. The legacy of the French Revolution extends far beyond the borders of France or even Europe-the ramifications of the Revolution of 1789 are truly global and continue to have an impact today. Although the French Revolution was a response to purely domestic concerns, it was immediately noted at the time by observers and many participants that its ideals were universal in scope and that its message traveled well. As a model for both discourse and action, it helped usher in a new age, one we still live in today, of nationalism, constitutional government, mass politics, citizen armies, and popular sovereignty. Twelve authorities analyze the historical and ongoing impact of the French Revolution on American political culture, nationalism and freedom in Eastern Europe, Russian intellectual life, colonial bondage, Middle East politics, the Mexican Revolution, and Chinese socialism.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 15mm | 375g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521524474
  • 9780521524476

Table of contents

Foreword; Introduction Joseph Klaits and Michael H. Haltzel; 1. The French Revolution after two hundred years Jack Censer; 2. The French Revolution and the creation of American political culture Lloyd S. Kramer; 3. The French Revolution in relation to Poland and East-Central Europe Jerzy W. Borejsza; 4. The French Revolution in Russian intellectual life, 1789-1922 Dmitry Shlapentokh; 5. The French Revolution, people of color, and slavery Robert Forster; 6. Unfinished business: colonialism in sub-Saharan Africa and the ideals of the French Revolution Christopher L. Miller; 7. The French Revolution and the Arab world Elbaki Hermassi; 8. The French Revolution and the Middle East Nikki R. Keddie; 9. The revival of political history and the French Revolution in Mexico Charles A. Hale; 10. The French Revolution and Chinese socialism Maurice J. Meisner; Index.
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"This volume of essays...contains useful material for those seeking new perspectives on the French Revolution....This volume presents an ambitious program that its essays fulfill... Its individual essays will offer much to readers with various interests." H-net [T]hese ten essays...are uniformly of high quality and deserve extended comment....Although students of the French Revolution will certainly learn much from this collection, historians teaching world history will find these essays particularly valuable because they provide the most complete and most accessible global perspective of the enduring legacy of the French Revolution." Philip F. Riley, History "All scholars with a general interest in the impact of the French Revolution will find something of value in these essays." Professor J. Kim Munholland, University of Minnesota
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