MWP, Video Lecture, 2019/01
DE DIJN, Annelien, Egalitarian revolutions, MWP, Video Lecture, 2019/01 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69098
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In this lecture, I show that the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century were not just democratic revolutions, as R.R. Palmer put it; they were also egalitarian revolutions. American, Dutch and French revolutionaries were convinced that their experiment with democratic government could only succeed in societies with a more or less equal distribution of property. Hence, they introduced a host of laws designed to create or maintain greater social equality. Second, I explain why the social egalitarianism of the Atlantic Revolutions has been more or less forgotten by historians and the broader public. I conclude by reflecting on the extent to which the Atlantic Revolutions constitute a "usable past" for contemporary egalitarians.
Lecture delivered at the European University Institute in Florence on 16 January 2019; A video interview with the presenter was recorded on 16 January 2020
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69098
External link: https://youtu.be/d5V4tS-Ua7M
Series/Number: MWP; Video Lecture; 2019/01
Publisher: European University Institute
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