Global Ramifications of the French Revolution

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Joseph Klaits, Michael H. Haltzel
Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2002 - History - 224 pages
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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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Contents

The French Revolution after two hundred years
7
The French Revolution and the creation of American political culture
26
The French Revolution in relation to Poland and EastCentral Europe
55
The French Revolution in Russian intellectual life 17891922
72
The French Revolution people of color and slavery
89
Unfinished business colonialism in subSaharan Africa and the ideals of the French Revolution
105
The French Revolution and the Arab world
127
The French Revolution and the Middle East
140
The revival of political history and the French Revolution in Mexico
158
The French Revolution and Chinese socialism
177
About the authors
195
Index
197
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