Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt: Essays on Wales and the French Revolution

Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt: Essays on Wales and the French Revolution

by Mary-Ann Constantine
     
 

All of Europe was swept up in the events of the French Revolution and the radical restructuring of society that occurred in its aftermath. This collection of essays by leading academics explores how Welsh clerics, diplomats, singers, poets, journalists, and soldiers—many of whom traveled to Paris to witness the conflict firsthand—responded to the

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All of Europe was swept up in the events of the French Revolution and the radical restructuring of society that occurred in its aftermath. This collection of essays by leading academics explores how Welsh clerics, diplomats, singers, poets, journalists, and soldiers—many of whom traveled to Paris to witness the conflict firsthand—responded to the Revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Damian Walford Davies

“A fillip to (so-called) ‘four nations’ engagements with the period, Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt reveals Wales to have been a dynamic player in the great ideological debate occasioned by the French Revolution. Offering culturally and linguistically plural views—a nuanced cartography—the essays in this collection show how invention, customization, and translation gave the master themes of the age a specifically Welsh modality. Profiled here are the broad range of forms and positions taken by Welsh responses (indigenous and expatriate) to revolution, from ‘piping hot’ radicals to horrified reactionaries, from sermons to songs, poems to pamphlets. Also conjured are the human stories that remind us that the Revolution’s ‘big ideas’ were not merely theoretical, but had profound consequences on the ground. Above all, Wales emerges here as vitally connected—a vigorous agent in a European and Atlantic controversy whose inheritors we are.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780708325902
Publisher:
University of Wales Press
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Series:
University of Wales Press - Wales and the French Revolution
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mary-Ann Constantine is a senior research fellow at the University of Wales’s Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, where Dafydd Johnston is the director.

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