The american and french revolutions presented the world with two very different visions of democracy although both professed similar enlightenment ideals of freedom, equality, and justice and set similar political agendas, there were also fundamental differences. Sister revolutions: french lightning, american light and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free kindle app.
Susan dunn is professor of french literature and the history of ideas at williams college she is the author of numerous critically acclaimed articles and books in political theory and historical literary criticism, and she has been the recipient of fellowships from the mellon foundation and the national endowment for the humanities, among others.
Sister revolutions: french lightning, american light french lightning, american light susan dunn limited preview - 2000 adversaries alexander hamilton algeria american revolution bill of rights boyd checks and balances citizens colonial conflict consensus constitution convention danton declaration of rights democracy democratic. Of course it was more complicated than that, as susan dunn, a french-born american who teaches history at williams college, gracefully demonstrates, comparing and contrasting the men, the manners, and the political convictions that shaped the sister revolutions. This book is a comparative analysis of the american and french revolutions dunn argues that the experience, open-mindedness, gentlemanly manner, and emphasis on the protection of rights of the founding fathers are the key factors for the peaceful transition in america while the lack of these characteristics led to bloodbath and chaos in france.
Susan dunn is an elegant writer, and her sister revolutions is among the best introductions comparing the american and french revolutions dunn has read deeply in political theory and history, and the result is both a pleasure and an education for the reader. Sister revolutions: french lightning, american light susan dunn faber & faber click here to buy this book what everyone likes to remember about the french revolution is that it proclaimed the rights of man, including equality for all under the law by comparison, its slightly older and wiser sister, the american revolution, is often dismissed as a mere war of independence.
In a narrative style, with particular emphasis on lively portraits of major actors, dunn (french literature, history of ideas, williams college) traces the legacies of the american and french revolutions through modern history and up to the revolutionary movements of our own time. Susan dunn is a professor of french literature and the history of ideas at williams college she is the author most recently of the death of louis xiv: regicide & the french political imagination she lives in williamstown, massachusetts.
The american and french revolutions claimed the same enlightenment ideals: freedom, equality, justice still, the two events were profoundly different in method and result the american revolution led to a well-reasoned public dialogue on the nature of democracy and the role of the fledgling government. The french had been following the dramatic events closely they cheered at american victories, they wept over defeats the captivating revolution provided not only an absorbing pastime but a new vocabulary as well: freedom was a novel and intriguing word, and in wishing it for the americans, the french began to contemplate it for themselves.