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Author Polasky, Janet L., author.

Title Revolutions without borders : the call to liberty in the Atlantic world / Janet Polasky.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.64 P75    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  303.6409 POLASKY    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary "Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of exciting new visions of human rights and universal freedom. This expansive history explores how the revolutionary ideas that spurred the American and French revolutions reverberated far and wide, connecting European, North American, African, and Caribbean peoples more closely than ever before. Historian Janet Polasky focuses on the eighteenth-century travelers who spread new notions of liberty and equality. It was an age of itinerant revolutionaries, she shows, who ignored borders and found allies with whom to imagine a borderless world. As paths crossed, ideas entangled. The author investigates these ideas and how they were disseminated long before the days of instant communications and social media or even an international postal system. Polasky analyzes the paper records--books, broadsides, journals, newspapers, novels, letters, and more--to follow the far-reaching trails of revolutionary zeal. What emerges clearly from rich historic records is that the dream of liberty among America's founders was part of a much larger picture. It was a dream embraced throughout the far-flung regions of the Atlantic world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-352) and index.
Contents Dramatis Personae -- Introduction: Revolution without Borders -- "The cause of all mankind" in Revolutionary Pamphlets -- Journals Relating "A share in two revolutions" -- The Revolutionary Narratives of Black "Citizens of the World" -- The Press and Clubs : "Politico-mania" -- Rumors of Freedom in the Caribbean : "We know not where it will end" -- The Revolutionary Household in Fiction : "To govern a family with judgment" -- Correspondence between a "Virtuous spouse, Charming friend!" -- Decrees "in the Name of the French Republic" : Armed Cosmopolitans -- Revolutionaries between Nations : "Abroad in the world" -- Chronology.
Subject Revolutions -- America -- History.
Revolutions -- Europe -- History.
Revolutions -- History -- Sources.
Revolutionaries -- Travel -- History.
Intercultural communication -- History.
America -- Intellectual life.
Europe -- Intellectual life.
America -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
America -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815.
HISTORY -- Modern -- 18th Century.
HISTORY -- Social History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- General.
ISBN 9780300208948 hardback : alkaline paper
0300208944 hardback : alkaline paper
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