subtitle: A Political History of Europe & America 1760-1800Preface I/The Age of the Democratic Revolution The Revolution of Western Civilization A Democratic Revolution: Democrat & Aristocrat in European Languages A Preview of What Follows II/Aristocracy about 1760: The Constituted Bodies The Diets of Eastern Europe Councils & Estates of the Middle Zone Thesubtitle: A Political History of Europe & America 1760-1800Preface I/The Age of the Democratic Revolution The Revolution of Western Civilization A Democratic Revolution: Democrat & Aristocrat in European Languages A Preview of What Follows II/Aristocracy about 1760: The Constituted Bodies The Diets of Eastern Europe Councils & Estates of the Middle Zone The Provincial Estates & Parlements of France Parliaments & Assemblies in the British Isles & America III/Aristocracy about 1760: Theory & Practice Montesquieu, Réal de Curban, Blackstone, Warburton Uses & Abuses of Social Rank Problems of Administration, Recruitment, Taxation & Class ConsciousnessIV/Clashes w/Monarchy The Quasi-Revolution in France 1763-74 The Monarchist Coup d'Etat of 1772 in Sweden The Hapsburg EmpireV/A Clash w/Democracy: Geneva & Jean-Jacques Rousseau Rousseau, Voltaire & Geneva to 1762 The Social Contract 1762 The Genevese Revolution of 1768 VI/The British Parliament between King & People The British Constitution The 1st American Crisis: The Stamp Act Tribulations of Parliament 1766-74 The 2nd American Crisis: Coercive Acts & Continental CongressVII/The American Revolution: The Forces in Conflict The Revolution: Was There Any? Anglo-America before the Revolution The Revolution: Democracy & Aristocracy The Revolution: Britain & EuropeVIII/The American Revolution: The People as Constituent Power The Distinctiveness of American Political Ideas Constitution-making in N Carolina, Pennsylvania & Massachusetts A Word on the Constitution of the US Ambivalence of the American Revolution IX/Europe & the American Revolution The Sense of a New Era Channels of Communication The Depths of Feeling The American Constitutions: An International Argument X/Two Parliaments Escape Reform The Arming of Ireland: Grattan's Parliament The Association Movement in England The Reform Bills & Their Failure The Conservatism of Edmund Burke The Appellation of Citizen v. the Test Act XI/Democrats & Aristocrats--Dutch, Belgian & Swiss The Dutch Patriot Movement The Belgian Revolution A View of Switzerland Reflections on the Foregoing XII/The Limitations of Enlightened Despotism Joseph II: The Attempted Revolution from Above Leopold II: The Aristocratic Counterattack Three Charters of the NorthXIII/The Lessons of Poland The Gentry Republic The Polish Revolution: The Constitution of 1791 A Game of Ideological FootballXIV/The French Revolution: The Aristocratic Resurgence The Problem of the French Revolution Ministers & Parlements 1774-88 The Aristocratic Revolt XV/The French Revolution: The Explosion of 1789 The Formation of a Revolutionary Psychology The Overturn: May-August 1789 The Constitution: Mounier & Sieyès AppendicesI/References for the Quotations at Heads of Chapters II/Translations of Metrical PassagesIII/Excerpts from Certain Basic Legal Documents 1. The Russian Charter of Nobility 17852. The Prussian General Code 17913. The Swedish Act of Union & Security 1789 4. The Polish Constitution of 17915. The Hungarian Coronation Oath of 1790 6. The Brabant Declaration of Independence 1789 7. The Geneva Edict of Pacification 17828. The Canada Act 17919. The Constitutions of the US 1787 & of Pennsylvania 1790 10. The French Constitution of 1789-91IV/The Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776 & the French Declaration of Rights of 1789V/Democratic & Bourgeois Characteristics in the French Constitution of 1791: Property Qualifications in France, Britain & America Index...
|Title||:||The Age of the Democratic Revolution, Vol 1: The Challenge|
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The Age of the Democratic Revolution, Vol 1: The Challenge Reviews
I probably would not have read this book if I hadn't enrolled in graduate school and decided to study 19th century European history. My academic advisor recommended it to me, all the while cautioning that it was big and a challenge to read. This advisor said you cannot understand the 19th century if you do not understand the French Revolution and so I accepted this challenge. At one point this challenge drove me to a two-hour nap.All the same, Palmer's book is an acclaimed synthesis that turns the usual Marxist interpretations of revolution on their head. He offers a revisionist theory of what occurred in the United States and then across Europe, closing with the revolution in France. If you can hang in there (Palmer's mind is fine, but his writing is turgid), you will be rewarded in the end. Me? I wonder what he would have said about the Arab Spring if he were still alive today.This book probably isn't for the general reader. But if you reeeeally like history, especially revolutionary history, you might find it fascinating.
This book was one of the recommended reads for the class in ‘The Modern World: Global History since 1760 course I am taking through coursera.org. I understand why it was recommended, it covers a great deal of the French Revolution and the overflow that captured Europe and America, there was a great deal of information in this book. The problem was, I felt that I was sitting in a giant auditorium and the guy from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ that repeats in a monitone voice; “Bueller, Bueller….”This book held statistics and clues but lacked life. I believe that writer’s like this overflow into teachers and that causes a lack of interest in the subject of history. So let me sum up what this book was about, enlightenment and the worldwide struggle to continue forward, escaping from the tradition that refused to allow culture to advance. There is so much that occurs during the ‘Democratic Revolution’ that holds implications on today’s society that I believe everyone should at least read a well researched book on the era; for, even as badly written as Palmer’s book was (in my estimation) I was still able to retrieve important information that helps me understand how we got where we were as a society and who the people were that helped assure we did advance (although their tactics were far from civilized in most cases).
Superb book! Works like this are what excite me, for Palmer is adept at seeing both the connections and differences between the various revolutions and reform movements that rocked the world in the 1700s.