The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800

The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800

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The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800

For the Western world, the period from 1760 to 1800 was the great revolutionary era in which the outlines of the modern democratic state came into being. Here for the first time in one volume is R. R. Palmer's magisterial account of this incendiary age. Palmer argues that the American, French, and Polish revolutions—and the movements for political change in Britain, Ireland, Holland, and elsewhere—were manifestations of similar political ideas, needs, and conflicts. Palmer traces the clash between an older form of society, marked by legalized social rank and hereditary or self-perpetuating elites, and a new form of society that placed a greater value on social mobility and legal equality.

Featuring a new foreword by David Armitage, this Princeton Classics edition of The Age of the Democratic Revolution introduces a new generation of readers to this enduring work of political history.

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ISBN-13: 9780691161280
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Series: Princeton Classics Series
Edition description: Updated edition with a New Foreword
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 623,797
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • CONTENTS, pg. vii
  • List of Maps, pg. xiii
  • Foreword, pg. xv
  • Preface to Part 1, pg. 3
  • I. The Age of the Democratic Revolution, pg. 5
  • II. Aristocracy about 1760: The Constituted Bodies, pg. 22
  • III. Aristocracy about 1760: Theory and Practice, pg. 42
  • IV. Clashes with Monarchy, pg. 64
  • V. A Clash with Democracy: Geneva and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, pg. 83
  • VI. The British Parliament between King and People, pg. 106
  • VII. The American Revolution: The Forces in Conflict, pg. 138
  • VIII. The American Revolution: The People as Constituent Power, pg. 159
  • IX. Europe and the American Revolution, pg. 177
  • X. Two Parliaments Escape Reform, pg. 214
  • XI. Democrats and Aristocrats—Dutch, Belgian, and Swiss, pg. 242
  • XII. The Limitations of Enlightened Despotism, pg. 280
  • XIII. The Lessons of Poland, pg. 307
  • XIV. The French Revolution: The Aristocratic Resurgence, pg. 326
  • XV. The French Revolution: The Explosion of 1789, pg. 347
  • Preface to Part 2, pg. 375
  • XVI. The Issues and the Adversaries, pg. 377
  • XVII. The Revolutionizing of the Revolution, pg. 400
  • XVIII. Liberation and Annexation: 1792–1793, pg. 424
  • XIX. The Survival of the Revolution in France, pg. 447
  • XX. Victories of the Counter-Revolution in Eastern Europe, pg. 473
  • XXI. The Batavian Republic, pg. 505
  • XXII. The French Directory: Mirage of the Moderates, pg. 530
  • XXIII. The French Directory between Extremes, pg. 544
  • XXIV. The Revolution Comes to Italy, pg. 568
  • XXV. The Cisalpine Republic, pg. 589
  • XXVI. 1798: The High Tide of Revolutionary Democracy, pg. 614
  • XXVII. The Republics at Rome and Naples, pg. 642
  • XXVIII. The Helvetic Republic, pg. 663
  • XXIX. Germany: The Revolution of the Mind, pg. 684
  • XXX. Britain: Republicanism and the Establishment, pg. 709
  • XXXI. America: Democracy Native and Imported, pg. 745
  • XXXII. Climax and Dénouement, pg. 775
  • Appendixes I. References for the Quotations at Heads of Chapters, pg. 796
  • Appendixes II. Translations of Metrical Passages, pg. 798
  • Appendixes III. Excerpts from Certain Basic Legal Documents, pg. 801
  • Appendixes IV. The Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776, and the French Declaration of Rights of 1789, pg. 811
  • Appendixes V. “Democratic” and “Bourgeois” Characteristics in the French Constitution of 1791: Property Qualifications in France, Britain, and America, pg. 815
  • Index, pg. 821

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