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Age of Revolutions or World Crisis? Global Causation, Connection, and Comparison, c. 1760-1840

A conference at the Clark Library organized by David Armitage, Harvard University, and Peter Reill, UCLA Co-sponsored by SCAS-Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala

Friday, May 16, 2008
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Williams Andrew Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, May 16 – Saturday, May 17

European and American historians have long seen the decades around 1800 as an “Age of Revolutions”: American, French, Caribbean, Latin American, and European. Global historians have more recently seen this same period as an era of “World Crisis” or globally “Convergent Revolutions,” from the Americas to East Asia.  In the words of one leading proponent of this new characterization, “The crisis of the old order had Asian, African, and American, as well as European origins.  Its consequences were also global.” This conference will bring together scholars of Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia (South, East and South-East) to tackle the question: Was Europe the catalyst of the global crisis of this era, or was it simply one site among many in which political reform, state formation, and imperial expansion explosively interacted with each other across the globe?


Registration Deadline: May 9, 2008


Registration Fees: $25 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*

*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the registration form.

Fees are not refundable and apply to full or partial attendance.


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Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. No confirmation will be sent, but we will contact you if we receive your registration after we reach capacity.




Friday, May 16

9:30 A.M.        Coffee


10:00 A.M.      Session 1


                        Welcoming Remarks – Peter H. Reill, UCLA


                        Opening Remarks – David Armitage, Harvard University


                        Session 1

Chair: Marie-Christine Skuncke, Uppsala University and SCAS-Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala


                        Gary B. Nash, UCLA

Sparks from the Altar of ’76: International Repercussions and Reconsiderations of the American Revolution


                        Lynn Hunt, UCLA

The French Revolution in Global Context


                        Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University

Revolutionary Exiles: The American Loyalist and French Émigré Diasporas


1:00 P.M.         Lunch


2:30 P.M.         Session 2

Chair: Leos Müller, Uppsala University


                        Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University

The Age of Imperial Revolutions


David Geggus, University of Florida

The Caribbean in the Age of Revolution


4:30 P.M.         Reception



Sponsor(s): , Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies

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