Revolutions in the Atlantic World : A Comparative History

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, revolutions transformed the British, French, and Spanish Atlantic worlds. Revolutions in the Atlantic World wields a comparative lens to reveal several central themes in the field of Atlantic history, from the concept of European empire and the murky position it occupied between Old and New Worlds to slavery and diasporas. How was the stability of the old regimes undermined? Which mechanisms of successful popular mobilization can be observed? What roles did blacks and Indians play? Drawing on both primary documents and extant secondary literature to answer these questions, Wim Klooster portrays the revolutions as parallel and connected uprisings. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Wim Klooster is Associate Professor of history at Clark University. He is co-editor of The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: Empires at Warp. 1
Civil War in the British Empire: The American Revolutionp. 11
The War on Privilege and Dissension: The French Revolutionp. 45
From Prize Colony to Black Independence: The Revolution in Haitip. 84
Multiple Routes to Sovereignty: The Spanish America Revolutionsp. 117
The Revolutions Compared: Causes, Patterns, Legaciesp. 158
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 239
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