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Remembering Early Modern Revolutions

England, North America, France and Haiti, 1st Edition

Edited by Edward Vallance

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222 pages

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Description

Remembering Early Modern Revolutions is the first study of memory in relation to the major revolutions of the early modern period. Beginning with the English revolutions of the seventeenth century (1642–60 and 1688–9), this book also explores the American, French and Haitian revolutions.

Through addressing these events collectively, this volume demonstrates the interconnectedness of these revolutions in the contemporary mind and highlights the importance of invoking the memory of prior revolutions in order both to warn of the dangers of revolution and to legitimate radical political change. It also unpicks the different ways in which these events were presented and their memory utilised, uncovering the importance of geographical and temporal contexts to the processes of remembering and forgetting.

Examining both personal and collective remembrance and exploring both private recollection and public commemoration, Remembering Early Modern Revolutions uncovers the rich and powerful memory of revolution in the Atlantic world and is ideal for students and teachers of memory in the early modern period.

Reviews

'Edward Vallance has assembled a very interesting collection of essays that range widely in time and space. Together they explore the role of scholars and wider publics in shaping the memory of revolution; how those memories help shape the experience and understanding of subsequent events; and how those experiences of later revolutions in turn contribute to re-shaping the memory of earlier events. They offer important reflections on the history and historiography of each of these sets of events, on the construction and mutation of public memory more broadly, and on recent arguments about the nature of ‘revolution' as a general historical phenomenon.'

Michael Braddick, The University of Sheffield, UK.

'The afterlives of revolutions have been somewhat neglected by historians, and the very idea that they had significant legacies has sometimes been challenged. As this fascinating collection demonstrates, however, it is important to recognise how the past could exert an influence on people’s imaginations for decades and even centuries, helping to structure, guide and constrain human thought and action. What emerges are the myriad ways in which meanings evolved and became contested, as these turbulent periods were remembered and forgotten, revived, re-evaluated and re-purposed, and used to reflect on the present as well as on the future, not to mention translated into different contexts, simplified and mythologised. This all makes for intriguing and thought-provoking reading.'

Jason Peacey, University College London, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: Edward Vallance - Revolution, time and memory

Chapter 1: Edward Legon - Remembering the good old cause

Chapter 2: Ian Atherton - Commemorating the English Revolution: local deliverance and thanksgiving

Chapter 3: Edward Vallance - Remembering the regicide in an Age of Revolutions: the case of Mark Noble

Chapter 4: Steven Sarson - ‘A total contradiction to every principle laid down at the time of the Revolution’: American revolutionaries and the Glorious Revolution

Chapter 5: Charles A. W. Prior - Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution

Chapter 6: Ghislain Potriquet - How the American Revolution earned its Indépendence

Chapter 7: Emilie Mitran - Reliving the French Revolution through Gouverneur Morris’s diary; an American perspective from behind the scenes rediscovered

Chapter 8: Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq - Reviving the memory of James Harrington (1611–77) in revolutionary France: Henry and Aubin’s translations in the year III of the French republic

Chapter 9: Stéphanie Roza - Communist and neo-Babouvist readings of the Enlighenment and the French Revolution

Chapter 10: Chelsea Stieber - The Haitian Revolution and the myth of the republic: Louis Joseph Janvier’s revisionist history

Chapter 11: Kate Hodgson - Haiti’s Fête Nationale: a revolutionary site of memory

Afterword – David Andress

About the Editor

Edward (Ted) Vallance is Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. His previous publications include A Radical History of Britain (2009), The Glorious Revolution (2006) and Revolutionary England and the National Covenant (2005). He has also co-edited two volumes with Harold Braun: Contexts of Conscience (2004) and The Renaissance Conscience (2011).

About the Series

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds

Remembering the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds looks at Remembering the medieval and early modern periods. These edited collections draw together the latest scholarship on memory of the chosen topic or period.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS013000
HISTORY / Europe / France
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS036030
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS041000
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General