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Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts

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This collection of essays offers a new approach to the history of revolutions in its focus on the criti- cal analysis of contemporary texts, as opposed to providing narrative accounts of particular revolu- tions. The contributors were invited to select a short extract from an important revolutionary text in their field and to use it as a basis for offering a fresh interpretation of the text, of the broader ideas of its author(s) and of their context. The texts discussed date from between 1647 and 1974 and em- brace both constitutional documents and the writings of revolutionary activists, as well as more re- flective theoretical works. They thus provide a fascinating insight into the changing understanding of the concept of revolution from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. This textual approach offers an illuminating perspective on the history of revolutions. In particular, it draws into focus the close relationship between revolutionary events and the development (and even transformation) of political language; it illustrates the extent to which later revolutionaries were influenced by earlier revolutionary events, models and ideas; and it highlights key issues and debates that have been of concern to revolutionaries since the seventeenth century.

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Editor(s): Hammersley R

Series Editor(s): Davis, JC; Morrow, J

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: In Press

Series Title: Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought

Year: 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Place Published: London

Notes: Projected publication date: 22 Oct 2015

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781472517203


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