"Revolution": The Entrance of a New Word into Western Political Discourse

"Revolution": The Entrance of a New Word into Western Political Discourse

By: Ilan Rachum (author)Paperback

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Although there are scores of books on the theme of revolution, Ilan Rachum's study is unique in its analysis from the perspective of political discourse. It examines how the term 'revolution' entered Western political vocabulary through a historical survey covering the early Renaissance to the French Revolution. Antecedents of the term 'revolution' originated in Italy, from where they spread with modifications to France and finally England. Rachum also examines the use and significance of the term during the Enlightenment, the emergence of the epithet 'American Revolution', and the rebounding effects of this term on French intellectuals on the eve of 1789. This fascinating study will excite historians, political scientists, and anyone with an interest in the history of ideas that have had a lasting impact on how we perceive and describe social change.

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Ilan Rachum is Senior Lecturer in the Department of General History at Bar-Ilan University and Senior Lecturer in History at Zefat Regional College.


chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 The Antecedents: Rivoluzione (Rivolgimento) chapter 3 Italian Historians and the Emergence of "Revolution" chapter 4 How "Revolution" Came to France chapter 5 "Revolution" in the English Revolution chapter 6 Endurance in the Absolutist Decades chapter 7 From 1688 to the "Glorious Revolution" chapter 8 The philosophes and the Term chapter 9 From "Independence" to "Revolution" In America chapter 10 French (and English) Radicals and the "American Revolutions" chapter 11 Conclusion chapter 12 Notes chapter 13 Index

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  • publication date: 01/10/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780761815044
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780761815044
  • weight: 413
  • ISBN10: 076181504X

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