A Second Revolution Around the Sun

By Cindy Ermus and Bryan Banks

This November, Age of Revolutions celebrated its second birthday. In only two years, we’ve witnessed our community grow to over 7,000 followers and subscribers, which is more than we could have imagined in November 2015. Moreover, AoR has allowed us the privilege of working with a large group of truly gifted scholars who have generously given their time and effort to help make our project what it is today. We are also very pleased and proud to celebrate the addition of a team of editors who have already contributed their invaluable insight, skill, and expertise. So we begin this brief year-end review by thanking each of our new editors, everyone who contributed a post, as well as every individual who followed us, subscribed, shared a post, or in any way helped spread the word about AgeofRevolutions.com. We look forward to providing you with the latest in scholarship on revolutionary studies for many years to come.

In the last year, we’ve published over 60 excellent posts by scholars across the field of revolutionary studies, covering topics about revolutionary thinkers, movements, and moments from around the globe, including France, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, New Orleans, Peru, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Russia, and North America. To name just a few, we began 2017 with Nathan Perl-Rosenthal’s series on “Plotting Revolution,” and Michelle Chase’s study on “The Making of Fidel Castro.” In February, Rashauna Johnson took us to revolutionary-era New Orleans in her post, “Slavery’s Metropolis,” and in March, Javier Puente explored the intersection of the environment and revolution in his two-part series, “Making Peru’s Sendero Luminoso.” Posts by Bryan Banks, Kacy Tillman, and Nathan Dize helped us close the spring, while the summer brought incredible scholarship by Julia M. Gossard (in June and August), Xavier Marechaux, as well as Kevin Gannon’s big hit – a two-part post on “Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education.” This fall, we had the privilege of publishing a series on “(In)forming Revolution: Information Networks in the Age of Revolutions,” as well as our series on “Native American Revolutions.” Each featured some of the latest research in their respective fields, and offered new ways of thinking about the Age of Revolutions.

With the help of some of the fields’ top scholars, we also had the opportunity this year to create and build our new bibliographies for the study of revolutions in France, Haiti, Cuba, the Atlantic, Latin America, and North America. We are grateful and proud that these lists have already helped scholars, educators, and students around the world approach the study of the Age of Revolutions through more nuanced, comparative frameworks.

In short, it has been an honor to work with everyone who has helped make AoR a success. We look forward to another fruitful year of top-of-the-line scholarship. In the meantime, and just in time for the holidays, we will be rounding up 2017 with a series of posts accompanied by book giveaways, by authors including Carlo Ginzburg, Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt, and Bryan Banks and Erica Johnson. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for your chance to win any of these excellent titles!

Here is the lineup:

December 4: Carlo Ginzburg, “Fear, Reverence, Terror: An Interview with Carlo Ginzburg”

December 6: Book Giveaway for Carlo Ginzburg’s,Fear, Reverence, Terror

December 11: Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt, “Think Globally, Act Historically: Teaching the French Revolution and Napoleon”

December 13: Book giveaway for Censer & Hunt’s,The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World

December 18: Bryan Banks and Erica Johnson, “The French ‘Religious’ Revolution? A Global Perspective”

December 20: Book Giveaway for Banks & Johnson’s,The French Revolution and Religion in Global Perspective: Freedom and Faith

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