Remembering Early Modern Revolutions is the first study of memory in relation to the major revolutions of the early modern period. Beginning with the English revolutions of the seventeenth century (1642-60 and 1688-9), this book also explores the American, French and Haitian revolutions.
Through addressing these events collectively, this volume demonstrates the interconnectedness of these revolutions in the contemporary mind and highlights the importance of invoking the memory of prior revolutions in order both to warn of the dangers of revolution and to legitimate radical political change. It also unpicks the different ways in which these events were presented and their memory utilised, uncovering the importance of geographical and temporal contexts to the processes of remembering and forgetting.
Examining both personal and collective remembrance and exploring both private recollection and public commemoration, Remembering Early Modern Revolutions uncovers the rich and powerful memory of revolution in the Atlantic world and is ideal for students and teachers of memory in the early modern period.
Edward (Ted) Vallance is Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. His previous publications include A Radical History of Britain (2009), The Glorious Revolution (2006) and Revolutionary England and the National Covenant (2005). He has also co-edited two volumes with Harold Braun: Contexts of Conscience (2004) and The Renaissance Conscience (2011).
Introduction: Edward Vallance - Revolution, time and memory Chapter 1: Edward Legon - Remembering the good old cause Chapter 2: Ian Atherton - Commemorating the English Revolution: local deliverance and thanksgiving Chapter 3: Edward Vallance - Remembering the regicide in an Age of Revolutions: the case of Mark Noble Chapter 4: Steven Sarson - `A total contradiction to every principle laid down at the time of the Revolution': American revolutionaries and the Glorious Revolution Chapter 5: Charles A. W. Prior - Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution Chapter 6: Ghislain Potriquet - How the American Revolution earned its Independence Chapter 7: Emilie Mitran - Reliving the French Revolution through Gouverneur Morris's diary; an American perspective from behind the scenes rediscovered Chapter 8: Myriam-Isabelle Ducrocq - Reviving the memory of James Harrington (1611-77) in revolutionary France: Henry and Aubin's translations in the year III of the French republic Chapter 9: Stephanie Roza - Communist and neo-Babouvist readings of the Enlighenment and the French Revolution Chapter 10: Chelsea Stieber - The Haitian Revolution and the myth of the republic: Louis Joseph Janvier's revisionist history Chapter 11: Kate Hodgson - Haiti's Fete Nationale: a revolutionary site of memory Afterword - David Andress