Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850

Paperback | June 14, 2015

EditorJoanna Innes, Mark Philp

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Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions charts a transformation in the way people thought about democracy in the North Atlantic region in the years between the American Revolution and the revolutions of 1848. In the mid-eighteenth century, "democracy" was a word known only to theliterate. It was associated primarily with the ancient world and had negative connotations: democracies were conceived to be unstable, warlike, and prone to mutate into despotisms. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the word had passed into general use, although it was still not necessarily anapproving term. In fact, there was much debate about whether democracy could achieve robust institutional form in advanced societies.In this volume, a cast of internationally-renowned contributors shows how common trends developed throughout the United States, France, Britain, and Ireland, particularly focussing on the era of the American, French, and subsequent European revolutions. Re-imagining Democracy in the Age ofRevolutions argues that 'modern democracy' was not invented in one place and then diffused elsewhere, but instead was the subject of parallel re-imaginings, as ancient ideas and examples were selectively invoked and reworked for modern use. The contributions significantly enhance our understandingof the diversity and complexity of our democratic inheritance.

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Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions charts a transformation in the way people thought about democracy in the North Atlantic region in the years between the American Revolution and the revolutions of 1848. In the mid-eighteenth century, "democracy" was a word known only to theliterate. It was associated primarily with the a...

Joanna Innes was educated in Britain and the United States. She has taught and researched at Oxford University for thirty years. Her interest in this subject grows out of her interest in government and political culture in Britain and elsewhere, especially during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Mark Philp has taught pol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Joanna Innes and Mark Philp: IntroductionAMERICA1. Seth Cotlar: Languages of Democracy in America from the Revolution to the Election of 18002. Adam I.P. Smith: 'The Fortunate Banner': Languages of Democracy in the United States, c. 18483. Laura Edwards: The Contradictions of Democracy in American Institutions and PracticesFRANCE4. Ruth Scurr: Varieties of Democracy in the French Revolution5. Michael Drolet: Nineteenth-Century French Political Thought and the Problem of the General Will6. Malcolm Crook: Elections and Democracy in France, 1789-1848BRITAIN7. Mark Philp: Talking about Democracy: Britain in the 1790s8. Joanna Innes, Mark Philp and Robert Saunders: The Rise of Democratic Discourse in the Reform Era: Britain in the 1830s and 40s9. Joanna Innes: People and Power in British Politics to 1850IRELAND10. Ultan Gillen: Constructing Democratic Thought in Ireland, 1775 - 180011. Laurent Colantonio: 'Democracy' and the Irish People 1830-4812. Sean Connolly: The Limits of Democracy: Ireland 1778-1848SYNERGIESJoanna Innes and Mark Philp: