Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light
What the two great modern revolutions can teach us about democracy today
The American and French revolutions presented the world with two very different visions of democracy. Although both professed similar Enlightenment ideals of freedom, equality, and justice and set similar political agendas, there were also fundamental differences. The French sought a complete break with a thousand years of history; the Americans were content to preserve many aspects of their English heritage. Why did the two revolutions follow such different trajectories? And what lessons do they offer us about democracy today? In lucid narrative style, Dunn captures the personalities and lives of the great figures of both revolutions, and shows how their stories added up to make two very different events.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Unreachableshelf - LibraryThing
A fascinating look at how and why the results of the American and French revolutions came to be so different, and on their influences on other revolultions through the 20th century. Read full review
SISTER REVOLUTIONS: French Lightning, American LightUser Review - Kirkus
Dunn (Williams Coll.; The Deaths of Louis XVI: Regicide and the French Political Imagination, not reviewed) compares the American and French revolutionary traditions and, not surprisingly in this ... Read full review