Cosmopolitan Patriots: Americans in Paris in the Age of Revolution - Jeffersonian America (Paperback)Philipp Ziesche (author)
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Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
There is much to praise in Cosmopolitan Patriots. The clarity of the writing and the originality make it a pleasure to read. This is a terrific book, remarkable in its mastery of both American and French history. Cosmopolitan Patriots is smart, original, and important and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the age of the democratic revolution.--Jan Ellen Lewis, Rutgers University
By focusing on the experiences and attendant anxieties, thrills, and frustrations of a small number of highly literate Americans residing in Paris in the 1790s, Philipp Ziesche offers us a fresh vantage point for considering a classic historical question: What was the relationship between the American and French Revolutions? Cosmopolitan Patriots eschews simplistic answers and, in fascinating detail, reveals nation-building as a complex process that posed similar problems of inclusion and exclusion on both sides of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.--Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Virginia "author of A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late 18th-Century France "
The relationship between the American and French Revolutions has been covered in many earlier books, but Ziesche's short volume manages to offer fresh perspectives. He explores the fluid and sometimes contradictory forces of idealistic universalism and nationalistic particularism. This book is thoughtful, clearly written, and based on extensive research.--Library Journal
[An] outstanding contribution to the historiography of the French Revolution and early U.S. politics and diplomacy.... Ziesche uses an enormous number of sources in several languages, all the while adding fresh details to well-known subjects.--Choice
Rarely has a historian used the well-combed papers of America's founding elites in a more innovative, insightful, and compelling manner.--Journal of Southern History
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