Apostles of revolution : Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the struggle against the old order in America and Europe / John Ferling.
Ferling, John E. author.
|Format||Book and Print|
|Publication Info||New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.|
|Description||xvi, 478 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm|
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|Contents||"The destinies of life": on the road to bigger things -- "The birthday of a new world is at hand": revolutionaries -- "These are the times that try men's souls": Paine and Monroe go to war -- "Defending our fanes and fire-sides": winning the Revolutionary War -- "The times that tried men's souls are over": peace and new departures -- "My country is the world": Paine ad the early years of the French Revolution -- "Itching for crowns, coronets, and miters": the rise of partisan politics -- "The only man who possessed the confidence of the whole": partisan America in a predatory world -- "I relinquish hope": the French Revolution in France and America -- "A continued sense of horror": Paine, Monroe, and the Luxembourg -- "The Federalist tide is strong": gloomy years for the apostles of revolution -- "The reign of witches": the high federalists take charge -- "I know of no republic except America": endgame -- "Death has no terrors for me": closing the age of Paine.|
|Abstract||"Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the 18th century. As founding fathers, they risked their lives for American independence, but they also wanted more. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America and hoped that the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions throughout Europe, sweeping away the old monarchical order. Ultimately, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of the French Revolution, a cause that became untenable as idealism gave way to the bloody Terror. Apostles of Revolution spans a crucial period in Western Civilization ranging from the American insurgency against Great Britain to the Declaration of Independence, from desperate engagements on American battlefields to the threat posed to the ideals of the Revolution by the Federalist Party. With the French Revolution devolving into anarchy in the background, the era culminates with the "Revolution of 1800," Jefferson's election as president"--Title page verso.|
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-464) and index.|