David Andress's 1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age PDF

By David Andress

ISBN-10: 142993011X

ISBN-13: 9781429930116

The realm in 1789 stood at the fringe of a distinct transformation. on the finish of an unheard of century of development, the fates of 3 nations—France; the nascent usa; and their universal enemy, Britain—lay interlocked. France, a country bankrupted through its aid for the yankee Revolution, wrestled to grab the prize of citizenship from the ruins of the outdated order. catastrophe loomed for the U.S., too, because it struggled, within the face of crippling debt and inter-state rivalries, to forge the constitutional amendments that might turn into often called the invoice of Rights. Britain, a rustic humiliated by means of its defeat in the United States, recoiled from stories of imperial greed and the plunder of India as a king’s insanity threw the British structure into turmoil. Radical adjustments have been within the air.
A yr of revolution was once topped in records drafted at virtually an identical time: the French statement of the Rights of guy and the yank invoice of Rights. those texts gave the area a brand new political language and promised to foreshadow new revolutions, even in Britain. yet because the French Revolution spiraled into chaos and slavery skilled a rebirth in the USA, it appeared that the budding code of person rights may without end be matched by way of both robust structures of repression and control.
David Andress unearths how those occasions spread out and the way the boys who led them, resembling Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, and George Washington, stood on the threshold of the fashionable international. Andress exhibits how the struggles of this explosive year—from the inauguration of George Washington to the start of the cotton alternate within the American South; from the British Empire’s warfare in India to the road battles of the French Revolution—would dominate the previous and New Worlds for the subsequent centuries.

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An eighteenth-centttry European view of Torzkin, the northern area of Vietnam. The British and Dutch had designated areas in which foreign traders were permitted to maintain commercial posts. Pierre Pigneau de Behaine, bishop of Adran, the Catholic missionary who first evoked France's interest in Vietnam in the late eighteenth century. ) , who foul/ded a dynasty. Prince Canh, the young son oj Nguyen Anh, who accompanied Monsignor Pigneau de Bihaine to the court oj Louis XVI at Versailles, where he caused a sensation.

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