The Age of Revolutions

1515 Words May 31st, 2012 7 Pages
The Age of Revolutions is often a term used for a period of time, usually between 1760 -1848. Although the term encompasses many revolutions across the globe, it isn’t very often that these events are examined as a whole; compared and contrasted to show the similarities, differences, and even some potential catalytic properties between them. The book The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840, put together and edited by David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, is a book of essays collaborated on by many authors. Armitage and Subrahmanyam claim, “it is to the task of reinterpreting them that this volume contributes by viewing the Age of Revolutions as a complex, broad, interconnected, and even global phenomenon.” (Armitage, …show more content…
There were many people like this throughout both countries, treated much the same way Loyalists (in America) and Émigré (in France) were social exiles, because as Jasanoff points out, these revolutions were also civil wars, and with these revolutions it was no different. The loyalists and émigré shared some commonalities, but it was the differences that help define the global effect of these outcasts.
Jasanoff says, “Both of these republican revolutions were civil wars; both civil wars triggered international ones. But, where the French Revolution began as a radical domestic upheaval, the American Revolution was of course a colonial uprising – and the refugees’ fates underscored that distinction. French émigrés rejected the republic and were denied membership in it in turn. As exiles, they had to make friends out of their enemy’s enemies, and vest their hopes in the counter-revolution, their ultimate source of rehabilitation. Loyalists, however, began and ended their lives as subject of the British Empire, an entity that endured and was able to embrace them despite the American rebellion.” (Armitage, 51) Loyalists had an option to continue their loyalty to Britain and in doing so were welcomed and assisted in setting up a new life in The British Empire. French émigrés went out to other countries; Britain and America included, and started anew with no tie to the country
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