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The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848

Jonathan Israel
Format
Book
Published
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780691176604, 0691176604
Summary
" A major intellectual history of the American Revolution and its influence on later revolutions in Europe and the Americas, the Expanding Blaze is a sweeping history of how the American Revolution inspired revolutions throughout Europe and the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Jonathan Israel, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment, shows how the radical ideas of American founders such as Paine, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Monroe set the pattern for democratic revolutions, movements, and constitutions in France, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Canada, Haiti, Brazil, and Spanish America. The Expanding Blaze reminds us that the American Revolution was an astonishingly radical event--and that it didn't end with the transformation and independence of America. Rather, the revolution continued to reverberate in Europe and the Americas for the next three-quarters of a century. This comprehensive history of the revolution's international influence traces how American efforts to implement Radical Enlightenment ideas--including the destruction of the old regime and the promotion of democratic republicanism, self-government, and liberty--helped drive revolutions abroad, as foreign leaders explicitly followed the American example and espoused American democratic values. The first major new intellectual history of the age of democratic revolution in decades, The Expanding Blaze returns the American Revolution to its global context."--
Contents
  • Introduction: The American Revolution and the origins of democratic modernity
  • First rumblings
  • A republican revolution
  • Revolutionary constitutionalism and the Federal Union (1776-90)
  • Schooling republicans
  • Benjamin Franklin: "American icon"?
  • Black emancipation: confronting slavery in the new republic
  • Expropriating the Native Americans
  • Whites dispossessed
  • Canada: an ideological conflict
  • John Adams's "American revolution"
  • Jefferson's French revolution
  • A tragic case: the Irish Revolution (1775-98)
  • America's "conservative turn": the emerging "party system" in the 1790s
  • America and the Haitian revolution
  • Louisiana and the Principles of '76
  • A revolutionary era: Napoleon, Spain, and the Americas (1808-15)
  • Reaction, radicalism, and Américanisme under "the Restoration" (1814-30)
  • The Greek revolution (1770-1830)
  • The Freedom-fighters of the 1830s
  • The revolutions of 1848: Democratic Republicanism versus Socialism
  • American reaction (1848-52)
  • Conclusion: "Exceptionalism," populism, and the radical Enlightenment's demise.
Description
x, 755 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 615-725) and index.
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