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

R. R. Palmer


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 the author's account of this incendiary age. The book 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. The book traces the clash between an older form of society, marked by legalized social rank and hereditary or self-perpetuating elites, and a ... More

Keywords: revolutionary era, democracy, American revolution, French revolution, Polish revolution, social mobility, legal equality

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161280
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. R. Palmer, author
Yale University

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