Atlantic Revolutions, Imperial Wars, Post-Napoleonic Legacies, and Postcolonial Studies

  • Lloyd Kramer
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)


The bicentennial historical analysis of the revolutions and wars that swept across the Atlantic world from the 1770s to the 1830s may well have generated more books and articles than appeared during all the years in which these great upheavals were actually taking place. Although some readers may assume that every significant historical issue has now been addressed, this collection of insightful essays shows that important new analytical perspectives can be added to the vast historiographical literature by examining the diverse personal experiences, social or political legacies, and cultural memories of both the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Europe and Wars of Independence in the Americas.


National Identity French Revolution Military History Revolutionary Movement Racial Hierarchy 
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