In this updated edition, Wim Klooster elegantly, and comprehensively, argues for an “Age” of Atlantic Revolutions. Expertly guiding us through the decades between 1760 and 1830 and over a landscape that includes North America, France, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Klooster convincingly describes this period as one of unanticipated consequences: empires fought, authority was questioned and reformulated, social tensions exploded in unpredicted ways. Klooster’s great contribution is to provide a coherence to this turbulence.
—James Alexander Dun, author of Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America
Wim Klooster's Revolutions in the Atlantic World not only provides a comparative overview of the revolutions that transformed the Atlantic World in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, but also reveals the connections among different revolutionary processes in the Americas and in Europe. Klooster transitions smoothly between regional and imperial contexts, highlighting the significance of transimperial linkages in shaping the social and political processes of different Atlantic empires on both sides of the Atlantic. This second edition provides an especially useful introduction examining how these revolutions reflected the emergence of multiple Enlightenments in different parts of the Atlantic World. This book breaks away from euro-centric narratives and beautifully weaves together vast and the complex intellectual, political, and social revolutions that transformed the Atlantic World.
—Fabricio Prado , College of William and Mary
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