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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840

ISBN 9780230580466
Publication Date February 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

A distinguished international team of historians examines the dynamics of global and regional change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Providing uniquely broad coverage, encompassing North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and China, the chapters shed new light on this pivotal period of world history.

Offering fresh perspectives on:
• the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions
• the break-up of the Iberian empires
• the Napoleonic Wars.

The volume also presents ground-breaking treatments of world history from an African perspective, of South Asia's age of revolutions, and of stability and instability in China. The first truly global account of the causes and consequences of the transformative 'Age of Revolutions', this collection presents a strikingly novel and comprehensive view of the revolutionary era as well as rich examples of global history in practice.

  • Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2010

DAVID ARMITAGE is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, USA. He is the author or editor of ten books, including The Ideological Origins of the British Empire, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History and (ed) The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (2nd edition).
SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAM is Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian history at UCLA. His recent publications include Explorations in Connected History and (with Muzaffar Alam) Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800.

Introduction: Causation, Connection and Comparison; D.Armitage& S.Subrahmanyam
Sparks from Altar of '76: International Repercussions and Reconsiderations of the American Revolution; G.B.Nash 
The French Revolution in Global Context; L.Hunt
Revolutionary Exiles: The American Loyalist and French Émigré Diasporas; M.Jasanoff 
Iberian Passages: Continuity and Change in the South Atlantic; J.Adelman
The Caribbean in the Age of Revolution; D.C.Geggus 
The Dynamics of History in Africa and the Atlantic 'Age of Revolutions'; J.C.Miller
Playing Muslim: Bonaparte's Army of the Orient and Euro-Muslim Creolization; J.Cole
Imperial Repercussions: South Asia and the World, c. 1760-1840; R. Travers 
Revolutionary Europe and the Destruction of Java's Old Order, 1808-1830; P.Carey
Their Own Path to Crisis? Social Change, State-Building and the Limits of Qing Expansion, c. 1770-1840; K.Pomeranz
Afterword; C.A.Bayly.


The perceptive and novel essays in this volume begin a wider re-conceptualization of global history.' C. A. Bayly, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge.
'A collection of important and thoughtful essays discussing – but also interrogating the claim that the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries witnessed a 'global crisis'.' - Linda Colley, Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, PrincetonUniversity
'A hugely welcome project that connects with a major debate of growing interest and importance, with outstanding authors and chapters.' - John Darwin, Beit University Lecturer in the History of the British Commonwealth, University of Oxford
'This volume presents an all-star line-up of historians to tackle the question of what a global perspective today can add to our understanding of national revolutions in the eighty years from 1760 to 1840...a valuable collection that should be widely read.' - The Journal of Global History'[A] brilliant collection...essential.' - Choice
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