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Revolutions Without Borders

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Janet Polasky is Presidential Professor of History, University of New Hampshire.


"[A] bold and captivating book."-Gavin Jacobson, The Guardian -- Gavin Jacobson The Guardian "In this riveting and elegant book, Janet Polasky weaves together stories usually told separately about the many late eighteenth-century revolutions. This is an example to be followed in the new modes of transnational, Atlantic and global history."-Lynn Hunt, author of Writing History in the Global Era -- Lynn Hunt "Significantly enhancing how previous scholars perceived the Atlantic world as spawning related but clearly discrete revolutions, this elegantly written book instead evokes a movement whose participants ebb and flow across borders, connected through print and personal ties."-Jack Censer, George Mason University -- Jack Censer "A thrilling, moving, lyrical account of the Atlantic revolutions. Janet Polasky weaves together a remarkably diverse range of sources and narratives to reveal the cosmopolitan spirit of the revolutionary era and its role in the making of the nation-state."-Malick W. Ghachem, author of The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution -- Malick W. Ghachem "A tour de force. Hugely informative and a joy to read, this is global history at its best."-Richard Whatmore, author of Against War and Empire: Geneva, Britain, and France in the Eighteenth Century -- Richard Whatmore "A thoughtful treatment that will make scholars think but appeal to the lay history lover as well."-David Keymer, starred review, Library Journal -- David Keymer Library Journal 'Janet Polasky charts the movement of the revolutionary ideas between 1776, with the American declaration of independence, and the 1804 Haitian revolution. It was not muskets, she says in this thrilling work of history, but pamphlets that ignited the revolutions that swept through America and Europe at the end of the 18th century.'-Jad Adams, the Independent. -- Jad Adams The Independent '...what sets Revolutions without Borders apart as a work of history is that Janet Polasky tears down walls... Instead of telling the usual heroic national story, she ranges wherever her wayfaring revolutionaries take her: to Paris and Washington, but also to Poland, Sierra Leone and the Caribbean. Instead of confining herself to the deeds of valiant men, she also gives the stage to women and slaves. The result is a spectacle that conveys the thrill of the enlightenment as as the delirium of revolution.'-The Economist. The Economist "Revolutions without Borders is a pathbreaking work. It brings supposedly marginal places and little-known figures, including women, into the center of a transnational narrative, demonstrating the intersection of sentimentality and politics on both sides of the Atlantic."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich "Janet Polasky's Revolutions Without Borders does three things, and does them well. It identifies and traces the fortunes of the most zealous promoters of the 'universal cry of liberty' in the tumultuous twenty-eight years after 1776. It demonstrates the importance of understanding the failures, the dead ends, the unrealized dreams, as well as the successes of past eras. And it contributes to our knowledge of Atlantic history... a deeply researched book ... a solid and imaginative work of scholarship."-Bernard Bailyn, New York Review of Books -- Bernard Bailyn New York Review of Books Selected as a finalist for the 2016 George Washington Prize sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. -- George Washington Prize Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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