In the last twenty years, scholars have rushed to re-examine revolutionary experiences across the Atlantic, through the Americas, and, more recently, in imperial and global contexts. While Revolution has been a perennial favourite topic of national historians, a new generation of historians has begun to eschew traditional foundation narratives and embrace the insights of Atlantic and transnational history to re-examine what is increasingly called ‘the Age of Revolution’. This volume raises important questions about this new turn, and contributors pay particular attention to the hidden peoples and forces at work in this Revolutionary world. From Indian insurgents in Columbia and the Andes, to the terror exercised on the sailors and soldiers of imperial armies, and from Dutch radicals to Senegalese chiefs, these contributions reveal a new social history of the Age of Revolution that has sometimes been deliberately obscured from view. This book was originally published as a special issue of Atlantic Studies.
Introduction: Rethinking the Age of Revolution Michael A. McDonnell
1. "The sole owners of the land": Empire, war, and authority in the Guajira Peninsula, 1761–1779 Forrest Hylton
2. Militarizing the Atlantic World: Army discipline, coerced labor, and Britain’s commercial empire Peter Way
3. "The supreme power of the people": Local autonomy and radical democracy in the Batavian revolution (1795–1798) Pepijn Brandon and Karwan Fatah-Black
4. Rethinking Africa in the Age of Revolution: The evolution of Jean-Baptiste-Léonard Durand’s Voyage au Sénégal Pernille Røge
5. Sovereignty disavowed: the Tupac Amaru revolution in the Atlantic world Sinclair Thomson