Profiles of Revolutionaries in Atlantic History, 1700-1850

Edited by R. William Weisberger, Dennis P. Hupchick, and David L. Anderson

East European Monographs

Profiles of Revolutionaries in Atlantic History, 1700-1850

Pub Date: May 2007

ISBN: 9780880339704

360 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $40.00£30.00

Profiles of Revolutionaries in Atlantic History, 1700-1850

Edited by R. William Weisberger, Dennis P. Hupchick, and David L. Anderson

East European Monographs

This book offers imaginative biographical essays of prominent political and scientific revolutionaries. Contributors illustrate how supporters of Newtonian mechanistic and materialistic ideologies helped to transform eighteenth-century scientific and early industrial life; explain how nationalistically inspired revolutionaries in the Americas and Europe worked to destroy inequitable institutions and establish viable republics; and reveal how biography can be used as an effective tool for studying the rapidly growing and vibrant field of Atlantic history.

These profiles demonstrate the impact of nationalistic, republican, and radical egalitarian doctrines upon nations from three continents. Chapters concerning the American Revolution depict the military achievements of George Washington, the feats of the heroine Molly Pitcher, and the brilliant diplomatic accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin. Essays covering revolutions in Latin America describe the leadership role of Toussant L'Ouverture during the Haitian Revolution; the aspirations of Father Hidalgo during the Mexican Revolution; and sections covering Europe focus on the leadership of Brissot during the 1789 Revolution; the salient status of Adam Czartoryski during the Polish Revolution; and the accomplishments and failures of the Irishman John Mitchell and those of the Hungarian Louis Kossuth during the 1848 Revolutions. An essay about Alexis De Tocqueville suggests the motives behind his denouncement of the radical ideologies and violence that arose during the 1848 French Revolution.
A wonderful background of the lives of the men (and one woman) at the forefront of... major revolutions... Highly recommended. Choice
An interesting collection. Matthew L. Harris, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
This eclectic selection of revolutionaries has something to offer those interested in Atlantic studies or comparative revolutionaries. Michael P. Gabriel, Pennsylvania History
Introduction: Eminent Revolutionaries and Atlantic History, by R. William Weisberger
John Theophilus Desaguliers and the Newtonian Revolution, by R. William Weisberger
Benjamin Franklin: The Many Faces of an American Revolutionary, by William Pencak
George Washington: Reluctant Rebel and Ardent Nationalist, by Richard A. Rutyna
Molly Pitcher, by Ellen E. Dodge
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, by David Geggus
Padre Miguel Hidalgo: Mexican Revolutionary, 1810-1811, by Edward T. Brett
José Francisco de San Martin: The Good Soldier, by Joan E. Supplee
Hezekiah Niles, His Weekly Register, and the Atlantic Revolutionary World, by Roy E. Goodman

About the Author

R. William Weisberger is a professor of history at Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania, and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh; Dennis P. Hupchick is a professor of history at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, and director of the East European and Russian Studies Program; David L. Anderson is professor of English at Butler Community College (PA).