Americomania and the French Revolution Debate in Britain, by Wil Verhoeven

By Wil Verhoeven

This ebook explores the evolution of British id and participatory politics within the 1790s. Wil Verhoeven argues that during the process the French Revolution debate in Britain, the assumption of 'America' got here to symbolize for the British humans the alternative among diametrically hostile versions of social justice and political participation. but the yank Revolution controversy within the 1790s was once certainly not an remoted phenomenon. the debate all started with the yankee obstacle debate of the 1760s and 1770s, which overlapped with a much wider Enlightenment debate approximately transatlantic utopianism. All of those debates have been established within the fabric international at the availability of giant amounts of inexpensive American land. Verhoeven investigates the relation that existed during the eighteenth century among American soil and the discourse of transatlantic utopianism: among the USA as a actual, geographical area, and 'America' as a utopian/dystopian idea-image.

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