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 R. R. Palmer's magisterial account of this incendiary age. Palmer 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. Palmer traces the clash between an older form of society, marked by legalized social rank and hereditary or self-perpetuating elites, and a new form of society that placed a greater value on social mobility and legal equality.Featuring a new foreword by David Armitage, this Princeton Classics edition of The Age of the Democratic Revolution introduces a new generation of readers to this enduring work of political history.
AP Achiever Advanced Placement European History Exam Preparation Guide to accompany A History of the Modern Worldby R. R. Palmer Joel Colton Lloyd Kramer
Combining concise accounts of specific nations and national differences, with a wide-ranging, comparative analysis of international events, this updated edition of a classic text carefully examines the whole modern history of Europeans and their perpetually changing societies.
Multiple levels of human history have created modern societies and exerted wide influence on people and cultures around the world. This book therefore describes the histories of specific nations and people and emphasizes landmark events such as wars and revolutions, but it also stresses broad historical trends that have developed deep below the most prominent historical events and created what we now call "the modern world."
The book is still designed to set forth the modern history of Europe and European civilization as a unit, and in its later chapters attempts to tell the story of an integrated, or at least interconnected, world. Emphasis falls on situations and movements of international scope, or on what Europeans and their descendants have done and faced in common. National histories are therefore somewhat subordinated, and in each national history the points of contact with a larger civilization are most fully treated. Historic regional differences within Europe, as between East and West, are brought out, and the history of the Americas is woven into the story at various points, as are developments of the last century in Asia and Africa.
This book presents the upheavals in Eastern Europe, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, the end of the Cold War, the Islamic fundamentalist movement, changes in Latin America etc.
This book is for readers who will live in a new century of worldwide economic, political, and cultural interactions. The book goes beyond the histories of specific nations and people to describe broad historical trends that have affected people throughout the modern world. The authors have sought to explain the rise of nation-states and the global conflicts that have molded the world's diverse societies over the last several centuries, and has emphasized the evolving global economy, the importance of science and technology, the significance of religious traditions, the international diffusion of new ideas, the changing mores of social life, and the complex relations between Western cultures and other cultures around the world.
In its fifth year (1793-1794), the French Revolution faced a multifaceted crisis that threatened to overwhelm the Republic. In response the government instituted a revolutionary dictatorship and a "reign of terror," with a Committee of Public Safety at its head. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and collectively, recounting and assessing their tumultuous struggles in Paris and their repressive missions in the provinces. A new foreword by Isser Woloch explains why this book has been, and deserves to remain, an enduring classic in French revolutionary studies.
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