In their review of the First International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies, held in celebration of Iona College’s acquisition of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection of artifacts, and the establishment of the college’s Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, Betsy Erkkila and Ed Larkin remarked, “As a citizen of the world in an academic culture that has for so long oriented itself around national traditions, Paine’s career and role became fragmented. Perhaps now, in this age of celebrating transnationality and interdisciplinarity, we can finally recover the fullness of Paine’s career and contributions. The conference thus underscored how much work remains to be done to come to grips with Paine’s remarkable career as a transatlantic revolutionary.”1 This volume, which is both a product of the conference but also a desire to move beyond it and transcend, if not demolish, the boundaries that Erkkila and Larkin have rightly recognized as impeding Paine scholarship over the past century, hopes to shape the means and methods by which our relatively new academic focus, and perhaps insistence, on interdisciplinarity and global learning unfolds several exciting new directions in Thomas Paine Studies.


French Revolution Social Contract Theory Paine Study American Revolution Political Thinker 
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    “Review of the First International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies,” Early American Literature 48, no. 2 (2013): 522.Google Scholar
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    The one exception, as he always seems to be in Thomas Paine Studies, is Alfred Owen Aldridge. See his “The Influence of Thomas Paine in the United States, England, France, Germany, and South America,” Comparative Literature: Proceedings of the Second Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association 2 (1960): 369–383Google Scholar
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    Common Sense (Philadelphia, PA: Robert Bell, 1776).Google Scholar

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