The eleven contributions are clustered under the traditional headings of the origins, internal dynamics and consequences of the Revolution. Their analyses are far from traditional, however, consistently teasing out transnational connections and contrasts, and it is unusual to have a collection of such uniformly high quality which has such tightly linked concerns. The chapters are all closely documented, and the notes will be a treasure-trove for researchers as much as the text will engage students and teachers alike. -- Peter McPhee * H-France Review *
Suzanne Desan is Vilas-Shinners Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of WisconsinMadison. She is the author of Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France, also from Cornell, and The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France. Lynn Hunt is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of several books, including Measuring Time, Making History and Inventing Human Rights. William Max Nelson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto and the author of a book manuscript and essays that focus on eighteenth-century intellectual history in France and the Atlantic world.
Introduction by Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Max NelsonPart I. Origins1. The Global Underground: Smuggling, Rebellion, and the Origins of the French Revolution by Michael Kwass2. The Global Financial Origins of 1789 by Lynn Hunt3. The Fall from Eden: The Free-Trade Origins of the French Revolution by Charles Walton4. 1685 and the French Revolution by Andrew JainchillPart II. "Internal" Dynamics5. Colonizing France: Revolutionary Regeneration and the First French Empire by William Max Nelson6 Foreigners, Cosmopolitanism, and French Revolutionary Universalism by Suzanne Desan7. Feminism and Abolitionism: Transatlantic Trajectories by Denise Z. DavidsonPart III. Consequences8. Egypt in the French Revolution by Ian Coller9. Abolition and Reenslavement in the Caribbean: The Revolution in French Guiana by Miranda Spieler10 The French Revolutionary Wars and the Making of American Empire, 17831796 by Rafe BlaufarbCoda11. Every Revolution Is a War of Independence by Pierre Serna, translated by Alexis PernsteinerNotes List of Contributors Index