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1789 : the threshold of the modern age

Author: David Andress
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: The world in 1789 stood on the edge of a unique transformation. At the end of an unprecedented century of progress, the fates of three nations-France; the nascent United States; and their common enemy, Britain-lay interlocked. France, a nation bankrupted by its support for the American Revolution, wrestled to seize the prize of citizenship from the ruins of the old order. Disaster loomed for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Andress
ISBN: 9780374100131 0374100136
OCLC Number: 268952976
Notes: Originally published: London : Little, Brown, 2008.
Description: vi, 439 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements and author's note --
Maps --
Introduction --
1: He snatched lighting from the heavens: Benjamin Franklin, the Enlightenment and France's crisis of the 1780s --
2: Best model the world has ever produced: governing America and Britain in the traumatic 1780s --
3: Vibrating between a monarchy and a corrupt oppressive aristocracy: the woes of France and America, 1787-8 --
4: Seeds of decay and corruption: Britain, empire and the king's madness, 1784-8 --
5: Base laws of servitude: empire, slavery and race in the 1780s --
6: That offspring of tyranny, baseness and pride: abolitionism, political economy and the people's rights --
7: Constant effort and continuous emulation : the revolutions of cotton and steam --
8: This general agitation of public insanity: France and Britain in the spring of 1789 --
9: Highly fraught with disinterested benevolence: empire, reason, race and profit in the Pacific --
10: Deep rooted prejudices, and malignity of heart, and conduct: President Washington and the war in the West --
11: No, sire, it is a revolution: from the Estates-General to the Bastille, France, May-July 1789 --
12: For all men, and for all countries: declaring rights in America and France --13: Your houses will answer for your opinions: the French Revolution imperiled --
14: Greatest event it is that ever happened in the world: the British and the French Revolution --
Conclusion: 1789/1798 --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: David Andress.

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From the Publisher: The world in 1789 stood on the edge of a unique transformation. At the end of an unprecedented century of progress, the fates of three nations-France; the nascent United States; and their common enemy, Britain-lay interlocked. France, a nation bankrupted by its support for the American Revolution, wrestled to seize the prize of citizenship from the ruins of the old order. Disaster loomed for the United States, too, as it struggled, in the face of crippling debt and inter-state rivalries, to forge the constitutional amendments that would become known as the Bill of Rights. Britain, a country humiliated by its defeat in America, recoiled from tales of imperial greed and the plunder of India as a king's madness threw the British constitution into turmoil. Radical changes were in the air. A year of revolution was crowned in two documents drafted at almost the same time: the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the American Bill of Rights. These texts gave the world a new political language and promised to foreshadow new revolutions, even in Britain. But as the French Revolution spiraled into chaos and slavery experienced a rebirth in America, it seemed that the budding code of individual rights would forever be matched by equally powerful systems of repression and control. David Andress reveals how these events unfolded and how the men who led them, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes, and George Washington, stood at the threshold of the modern world. Andress shows how the struggles of this explosive year-from the inauguration of George Washington to the birth of the cotton trade in the American South; from the British Empire's war in India to the street battles of the French Revolution-would dominate the Old and New Worlds for the next two centuries.

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