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Books / Spring 2017

Understanding and Teaching the Age of Revolutions

The Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History
John Day Tully, Matthew Masur, and Brad Austin, Series Editors

To learn about the "Age of Revolutions" in Europe and the Americas is to engage with the emergence of the modern world. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, nations were founded, old empires collapsed, and new ones arose. Struggles for emancipation—whether from royal authority, colonial rule, slavery, or patriarchy—inspired both hopes and fears. This book, designed for university and secondary school teachers, provides up-to-date content and perspectives, classroom-tested techniques, innovative ideas, and an exciting variety of pathways to introduce students to this complex era of history.

The volume includes chapters on sources and methods for stimulating student debate and learning, including Tom Paine's Common Sense, the Haitian Declaration of Independence, and other key documents; role-playing games; visual arts and culture; and music, including opera and popular songs. Other chapters delve into specific themes, including revolution and riot, revolutionary terror, enlightenment, gender, slavery, nationalism, environment and climate, and the roles of politically excluded groups. Collectively, the contributions ensure a broad Atlantic scope, discussing the revolutions in Britain's North American colonies, Haiti, and Latin America, and European revolutions including France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.


Ben Marsh is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Kent and the author of Georgia's Frontier Women: Female Fortunes in a Southern Colony, winner of the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award.

Author. Photo credit, NameMike Rapport is a reader in modern European history at the University of Glasgow and the author of several books, including 1848: Year of Revolution and The Unruly City: Paris, London, and New York in the Age of Revolution.




“This insightful, timely, and genuinely useful volume surveys the latest scholarship, suggests provocative ways to think through the subject, and offers helpful resources for teachers at both secondary schools and universities. I learned something from every chapter.”
—Andrew M. Schocket, author of Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution



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August 2017
LC: 2016050489 D
352 pp.   6 x 9
12 b/w illustrations  

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ISBN 9780299311902
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