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Fresh and brilliant, this is the book that completely redefines the founding era. As the 1790s began, America was struggling to survive at home and abroad, and the world was gripped by an arc of revolutionary fervor stretching from Philadelphia and Paris to St. Petersburg and Cairo--with fatal results. While a fragile United States teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, the Islamic peoples were gearing for war, and France plunged into monumental revolution. In The Great Upheaval, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization and bequeath us the nation--indeed, the world--we've inherited. Below we see a brief taste of the incredible events and people who shaped this most memorable of decades.
A Timeline of The Great Upheaval
Starred Review. The years 1788 to 1800 must be numbered among the most tumultuous in history, as bestselling author Winik (April 1865) magnificently demonstrates in this aptly titled book. The nascent United States, tormented by three rebellions of its own, tottered as France descended into bloody terror and imperial Russia fought the Ottomans. Republicanism, liberalism, democracy, nationalism, as well as authoritarianism: all these potent ideologies, whose effects remain with us, sprouted from this fertile soil.The emphasis on Russian and French affairs marks Winik as being in the forefront of a growing campaign to globalize America's national history: to view the larger age and frame the story as one continuous, interlocking narrative rather than to focus myopically on events in the United States. The world then was far more interconnected than we realize, Winik writes. [G]reat nations and leaders were acutely conscious of one another.In this version, Washington, Jefferson and Adams no longer receive exclusive star billing, but instead share the stage with such greats as the Empress Catherine, the doomed Louis XVI, Robespierre, Napoleon and Kosciuszko. If there is a criticism to be made of this approach, it is that Winik has greatly underplayed the importance of Britain in the struggle for global mastery and the quest for international order.Buttressed by impeccable research, vividly narrated and deftly organized, this is popular history of the highest order and is sure to create a stir in the fall market. 16 pages of b&w photos, 3 maps. (Sept. 11)
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Great book at a great price. This was one of the most magnificent volumes on history that I have ever read. It was powerful, great reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by TWChop@aol.com
Really a fine historical account of the major historical events and characters of the middle to late 18th century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David C. Wegner
Wonderful book that helps understand current history. Also see April 1865 by the same author.Published 1 month ago by Judith Damerow
This is the best history I've ever read. As a layman but having a longtime interest in history, his book uses simple English to explain the complicated events that occured to help... Read morePublished 5 months ago by matt jones
I listened to this as an audiobook. Absolutely enjoyed it. Made history interesting!Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth
The lack of citations really diminishes the book. Without many attributions, the book leaves the reader wondering how much are the conclusions of the author who uses adjectives and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeanne Gerritsen