Lessons from America: Liberal French Nobles in Exile, 1793–1798

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byDoina Pasca Harsanyi

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Every war has refugees; every revolution has exiles. Most of the refugees of the French Revolution mourned the demise of the monarchy. Lessons from America examines an unusual group who did not. Doina Pasca Harsanyi looks at the American experience of a group of French liberal aristocrats, early participants in the French Revolution, who took shelter in Philadelphia during the Reign of Terror. The book traces their path from enlightened salons to revolutionary activism to subsequent exile in America and, finally, back to government posts in France—illuminating the ways in which the French experiment in democracy was informed by the American experience.

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Every war has refugees; every revolution has exiles. Most of the refugees of the French Revolution mourned the demise of the monarchy. Lessons from America examines an unusual group who did not. Doina Pasca Harsanyi looks at the American experience of a group of French liberal aristocrats, early participants in the French Revolution, w...

Doina Pasca Harsanyi is Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:May 31, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271036389

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Aristocrats and Liberal Nobles on the Eve of the Revolution

2. Moreau’s Circle of Friends

3. What to Expect When Landing in America

4. The American Home Away from Home

5. Politics, Business, and the Future of France

6. American Influences Under the Directory

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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“Elegantly written and amply documented in thirty pages of footnotes. . . [Lessons from America] is a helpful contribution to the history of liberal ideas.”

—William Doyle, Journal of Modern History