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Throughout the modern age, revolutions have spread across state borders, engulfing entire regions, continents, and, at times, the globe. Revolutionary World examines the spread of upheavals during the major revolutionary moments in modern history: the Atlantic Revolutions, Europe’s 1848 revolts, the commune movement of the 1870s, the 1905-15 upheavals in Asia, the communist revolutions around 1917, the ‘Wilsonian’ uprisings of 1919, the ‘Third World’ revolutions, the global Islamic revolt of 1978-79, the events of 1989, and the rise and fall of the ‘Arab Spring’. The chapters explore the nature of these revolutionary waves, tracing the exchange of radical ideas and the movements of revolutionaries around the world. Bringing together a group of distinguished historians, Revolutionary World shows that the major revolutions of the modern age, which have so often been studied as isolated national or imperial events, were almost never contained within state borders and were usually part of broader revolutionary moments.


‘A remarkable attempt to globalise the history of revolution. By illuminating international connections, the authors also rescue many movements from the retrospective nationalisation of history.’
— Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford

‘The superlative list of contributors will raise readers’ expectations and they will not be disappointed: this volume raises new questions about the global interconnections of revolutionary movements and provides surprising answers that could only be offered by those with deep knowledge and a broad comparative vision. Each chapter can be read profitably on its own but the juxtaposition of these exceptional studies is truly dazzling.’
— Lynn Hunt, UCLA

‘Successive waves of revolutions formed the modern world, but world history has strikingly failed to treat those revolutions comprehensively–until now. This rich collection illuminatingly surveys the world of revolutions from the late eighteenth century to the Arab Spring. It should set the global history of revolutions on a new path by raising as many fertile questions as it answers: a major achievement.’
— David Armitage, Harvard University

‘This is a uniformly valuable set of expert essays and more than the sum of its parts. Motadel and his authors both do justice to the local sources of particular revolutions, and rightly insist on the many connections and convergences between them in terms of timing, formative ideas and personnel.’
— Linda Colley, Princeton University

‘The manifold revolutions since the late 18th century always disdained national and geographical boundaries as they made the modern world. The superbly informative and insightful essays in this volume, which synthesize much contemporary scholarship, are a major step forward to a genuinely global history.’
— Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger