1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age by David Andress

By David Andress

The area in 1789 stood at the fringe of a special transformation. on the finish of an unheard of century of development, the fates of 3 nations—France; the nascent usa; and their universal enemy, Britain—lay interlocked. France, a state bankrupted by way of its aid for the yankee Revolution, wrestled to grab the prize of citizenship from the ruins of the previous order. catastrophe loomed for the us, too, because it struggled, within the face of crippling debt and inter-state rivalries, to forge the constitutional amendments that might develop into often called the invoice of Rights. Britain, a rustic humiliated via its defeat in the US, recoiled from stories of imperial greed and the plunder of India as a king’s insanity threw the British structure into turmoil. Radical adjustments have been within the air.
A 12 months of revolution used to be topped in records drafted at nearly a similar time: the French statement of the Rights of guy and the yank invoice of Rights. those texts gave the area a brand new political language and promised to foreshadow new revolutions, even in Britain. yet because the French Revolution spiraled into chaos and slavery skilled a rebirth in the USA, it appeared that the budding code of person rights could without end be matched via both strong structures of repression and control.
David Andress unearths how those occasions opened up and the way the lads who led them, comparable to Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, and George Washington, stood on the threshold of the trendy global. Andress indicates how the struggles of this explosive year—from the inauguration of George Washington to the beginning of the cotton exchange within the American South; from the British Empire’s warfare in India to the road battles of the French Revolution—would dominate the outdated and New Worlds for the subsequent centuries.

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The prevalence of Latin grammars in Latin has led one historian of education to comment on the importance of the‘direct method’in Renaissance education. 39 He may be right. A remarkable and relatively well-docuBergmann (1988), 96ff. Ong (1958), 11. 40 However, we should not jump to conclusions about teaching methods in the Renaissance. We do not know whether Valla’s book was generally used as a manual for the student or only for the teacher, or whether many sixteenth-century teachers mixed explanation in the vernacular with their official insistence on spoken Latin.

117 Another is‘cultural hegemony’, used by Antonio Gramsci in his famous contrast between the two possible ways in which the ruling class dominates the subordinate classes, with or without the use of force. 118 The trouble with the phrase‘cultural hegemony’is that it has widened its meaning since Gramsci’s day and is currently employed to refer to almost every society, whether or not the rulers employ coercion, whether or not they are involved in persuading the subordinate classes of the legitimacy of their rule.

28 As late as the nineteenth century, first-rate poetry was being written in Latin, notably by Giovanni Pascoli (who died in 1912). Pope Leo XIII was also an accomplished Latin poet. 29 In the case of prose, it is perhaps worth stressing the survival of imaginative literature in Latin into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Obvious examples are John Barclay’s political roman a clef the Argenis (1621), and Ludvig Holberg’s satirical novel on the adventures of Niels Klimt underground, N. Klimii Iter Subterraneum (1741).

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