The Age of Revolutions: The Birth of Modern Politics, 1789-1848

Winter Quarter, 2023

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Age of Revolutions: The Birth of Modern Politics, 1789-1848

Robin Bates, Assistant Professor of Instruction, History

Why do revolutions start? What factors make them succeed or fail? How have people sought to unleash and seize control of massive historical change – or, less grandly, simply tried to survive it? We will consider these questions as we examine the era of modern revolutions, beginning with the outbreak of the interlinked French, Haitian, and American Revolutions of the late 1700s, then following their decades-long aftershocks as a wave of revolutions swept the globe from Europe to Latin America to the Middle East. This cascade of dramatic struggles between democracy and aristocracy, freedom and slavery, independence and colonialism, created a new world order as well as key components of our ongoing social reality: socialism, capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, terrorism, and perhaps most importantly revolution itself, an eruption of sudden and epochal social transformation, which has electrified but also terrified people ever since.


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