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The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 17881800
 
 
Author
Jay Winik.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780060083144
Pages/Publication Date 659/2008
Daedalus Item Code 30330
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As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation. Here the author of April 1865 illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary decade to change the course of civilization.

"The nascent United States, tormented by three rebellions of its own, tottered as France descended into bloody terror and imperial Russia fought the Ottomans. Republicanism, liberalism, democracy, nationalism, as well as authoritarianism: all these potent ideologies, whose effects remain with us, sprouted from this fertile soil. The emphasis on Russian and French affairs marks [Jay] Winik as being in the forefront of a growing campaign to globalize America's national history: to view the larger age and frame the story as one continuous, interlocking narrative rather than to focus myopically on events in the United States. The world then was far more interconnected than we realize, Winik writes. Great nations and leaders were acutely conscious of one another. In this version, Washington, Jefferson and Adams no longer receive exclusive star billing, but instead share the stage with such greats as the Empress Catherine, the doomed Louis XVI, Robespierre, Napoleon and Kosciuszko."Publishers Weekly

 
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