The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850 / Edition 1

The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850 / Edition 1

by Lester D. Langley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300077262

ISBN-13: 9780300077261

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

This magisterial work is a comparative history of three important revolutions in the Americas: the American Revolution in 1776, the 1791 slave revolt in the French colony that became Haiti, and the prolonged Spanish-American struggle for independence that ended a half century later. Lester Langley describes the movements and events that led to these wars of…  See more details below

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This magisterial work is a comparative history of three important revolutions in the Americas: the American Revolution in 1776, the 1791 slave revolt in the French colony that became Haiti, and the prolonged Spanish-American struggle for independence that ended a half century later. Lester Langley describes the movements and events that led to these wars of independence, explaining why revolution took one form in one place and a different form in another. Langley examines the political and social tensions reverberating throughout British, French, and Spanish America, pointing out the characteristics that distinguished each unpheaval from the others: the impact of place or location on the course of revolution; the dynamics of race and color as well as class; the relation between leaders and followers; the strength of counterrevolutionary movements; and, especially, the way that militarization of society during war affected the new governments in the postrevolutionary era. Langley argues that an understanding of the legacy of the revolutionary age sheds tremendous light on the political condition of the Americas today: virtually every modern political issue - the relationship of the state to the individual, the effectiveness of government, the liberal promise for progress, and the persistence of color as a critical dynamic in social policy - was central to the earlier period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300077261
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,309,005
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
A Note on Usage
Introduction1
1The Tense Society13
2A People at War35
3The Dilemmas of Victory60
4The Caribbean on the Eve of the Haitian Revolution87
5The Slave Rebellion102
6The Haitian Revolution122
7Iberoamerica on the Eve of Revolution147
8The Feared Revolution166
9The Price of Victory191
10Tocqueville's America217
11Bolivar's America239
12The Americas at 1850261
Epilogue285
Notes289
Index367

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