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The ‘Revolutionary Age’ in the Wider World, c. 1790–1830

  • C. A. Bayly
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)

Abstract

This chapter interprets the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath as a series of events in global, rather than simply European or American history. It has three sections with complementary aims. First, I trace the impact and appropriation of revolutionary ideas and forms of government into the Asian world to parallel the well-developed idea of a Euro-Atlantic revolutionary space. Second, I develop points made in The Birth of the Modern World, which characterized conjunctural developments in the Muslim, Indian and Chinese worlds as forms of ‘revolution’ in the broadest sense.1 Finally, I ask how revolutions were brought to an end at a transnational level and how a fragile ‘age of equipoise’ was achieved through both ideological and institutional compromise.

Keywords

Wide World French Revolution Slave Trade East India Company Governor General 
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Notes

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