The Americas in the Age of Revolution: 1750-1850

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His command of materials is impressive, and the exegetical endnotes are worthy of special attention for the variety of historiographical interpretations they offer. Kaplan, Journal of the Early Republic. His well-documented and readable work effectively distinguishes between independence movements and true revolutions. A nice complement to any academic collection; highly recommended. Langley enables us to see that the knowledge we need to understand our Revolution in context may well be found not in the experiences of France or Russia or China but in the revolutionary travails of our too frequently neglected hemispheric neighbors.

Langley's study is a valuable matrix of events that can help us better understand the relationships in our hemisphere then and now. They will amply repay close study by students of the early modern colonizing process. Greene, The International History Review. Skip to main content. Description Reviews.

This magisterial work is a comparative history of three important revolutions in the Americas: the American Revolution in , the slave revolt in the French colony that became Haiti, and the prolonged Spanish-American struggle for independence that ended a half century later. Lester Langley describes the movements and events that led to these wars of independence, explaining why revolution took one form in one place and a different form in another. Langley examines the political and social tensions reverberating throughout British, French, and Spanish America, pointing out the characteristics that distinguished each upheaval from the others: the impact of place or location on the course of revolution; the dynamics of race and color as well as class; the relation between leaders and followers; the strength of counterrevolutionary movements; and, especially, the way that militarization of society during war affected the new governments in the postrevolutionary era.

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The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850

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