All four of the first chapters therefore share a similar logic with respect to the origins of the Revolution.
These essays do not displace or upset the current belief, grounded in political cultural analysis, that a variety of factors led to a gradual delegitimization and discrediting of the monarchy and a concomitant rising demand for accountability if not representation.
I hope Davidson is pursuing the topic further, especially any effects of interaction between the two movements.
The book’s third section is called “Consequences” and yet again I found this moniker misleading and reckon it may have more appropriately, if blandly, been labeled “Case Studies.” Ian Coller begins with an analysis of the French invasion of Egypt that, although he does not directly contradict the Orientalist orthodoxy of Edward Saïd (, 1978) aims to show the political and economic links between Egypt and France prior to conquest, and the similarities between Egypt and other French-conquered territories.
She examines what France stood to gain by this action, wittily characterizing her analysis not as asking “what your country can do for foreigners” but rather “what foreigners can do for your country” (p. I will not try to lay out her sophisticated analysis in a pithy sentence or two--not for lack of her own clarity, on the contrary, but instead because I doubt I would do it justice. Davidson’s essay “Feminism and Abolitionism: Transatlantic Trajectories” is the last chapter in part 2.
I will, however, highlight her depiction of the “hybrid construction” of revolutionary universality through an interaction between local and specific peoples rather than simply on the level of high Enlightenment philosophy, which is in my opinion the best conceptual gem for how to approach a global perspective in this book (p. She describes how the Declaration of the Rights of Men opened up questions about the application of rights to both women and slaves.
She goes on to investigate the connections in language and culture between revolutionary-era feminism and abolitionism.
Although this seemed to me a simple and perhaps obvious pairing, the more I thought about it the more I realized its simplicity is deceptive.
How this dynamic is internal, and internal to what, I do not know--but it is great history.
In chapter 6, Desan’s equally excellent contribution, she investigates how the August 1792 granting of French citizenship and political rights to foreigners reflected the universal aspirations of the Republic, especially as they relate to the renunciation of offensive wars and conquests.