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Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism (Jeffersonian America) Hardcover – June 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0813927992 ISBN-10: 0813927994 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Jeffersonian America
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813927994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813927992
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Distant Revolutions" is an intriguing work, well told and with an impressive use of sources. By demonstrating the degree to which domestic and foreign policies influence each other, Roberts' work enhances understanding of both.

(Elizabeth Kelly Gray, Towson University Common-Place)

A sophisticated, substantial, and groundbreaking work that fills an enormous void on works about the United States and 1848. Roberts presents a fresh and convincing explanation for why the revolutions of 1848 mattered to Americans and to United States history. By unearthing a fascinating trove of transatlantic observations and connections, this book makes a substantial contribution to transnational studies of American history.

(Carl Guarneri, author of America in the World: United States History in Global Context)

Distant Revolutions is the first book to comprehensively treat American reactions to the European revolutions of 1848. Roberts challenges the concept of American exceptionalism by examining how the revolutions resonated in American culture and affected American society and government. His research is impressive, and his contributions are original and important.

(Andre Fleche, Castleton State College)

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Timothy Mason Roberts is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Western Illinois University.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid Dowell on March 15, 2013
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Very interesting observations regarding the relationship between Europe's revolutions of 1848 and the looming Civil War in the U.S. Roberts supplies ample supporting documentation for his thesis and then goes into overkill but I liked the book.
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