November 30, 2015 New Book Shows How American and French Revolutions Influenced Atlantic Areas

Tumultuous Years 1776–1804 Saw Interchange of Ideas

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According to author Janet Polasky, “Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom.”

Polasky makes her case in her new book, “Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World” (Yale University Press, 2015). She will discuss and sign her book on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Polaski’s far-ranging history explores how the ideas that spurred the American and French revolutions connected European, North American, African and Caribbean peoples more closely than ever before.

Polasky is presidential professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of five other books, including “Reforming Urban Labor: Routes to the City, Roots in the Country” (2010) and the prize-winning “Revolution in Brussels, 1787-1793” (1987).

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