Atlantic Revolutions

Check out our Atlantic Revolutions Reading List – two lists of top texts to read on the American Revolution compiled by Julia Gaffield and Wim Klooster. 

*** The goal of this bibliography is to link revolts and revolutionary movements in Europe, Africa, and the Americans. Be sure to consult our lists on Latin American, HaitianAmerican, and French Revolutions.***

Adderley, Rosanne. New Negroes from Africa: Slave Trade Abolition and Free African Settlement in the Nineteenth-Century Caribbean. Indiana University Press, 2006.

Andrews, Stuart. The Rediscovery of America: Transatlantic Crosscurrents in an Age of Revolution. St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Armitage, David and Sanja Subrahmanyam, eds. The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1769-1840. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Applewhite, Harriet B. and Darline G. Levy, eds. Women and Politics in the Age of the Democratic Revolution. The University of Michigan Press, 1990.

Auslander, Leora. Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Baker, Keith Michael and Dan Edelstein. Scripting Revolution: A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of RevolutionsStanford University Press, 2015.

Barcia, Manuel. The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in MatanzasLSU Press, 2012.

—. West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844Oxford University Press, 2014.

Borucki, Alex. From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Rio de la Plata. University of New Mexico Press, 2015.

Brinton, Crane. The Anatomy of Revolution. Vintage Books, 1965.

Brown, Gordon. Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution. University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

Crabtree, Sarah. Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

David, David Brion.  The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823.  Cornell University Press, 1976.

Dubois, Laurent.  A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804.  University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Duffy, Michael.  Soldiers, Sugar and Seapower: The British Expeditions to the West Indies and the War against Revolutionary France. Oxford, 1987.

Dunn, Susan.  Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light. Faber & Faber, Inc., 1999.

Echeverri, Marcela. Indian and Slave Royalists in the Age of Revolution: Reform, Revolution, and Royalism in the Northern Andes, 1780-1825. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Epstein, James. Scandal of Colonial Rule: Power and Subversion in the British Atlantic during the Age of Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Falola, Toyin and Matt Childs, eds., The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World. Indiana University Press, 2005.

Ferrer, Ada.  “Talk About Haiti: The Archive and the Atlantic’s Haitian Revolution.”  In Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Americas, ed. Doris Lorraine Garraway.  University of Virginia Press, 2008.

Ferreira, Roquinaldo. Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Fischer, Sibylle. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution.  Duke University Press, 2004.

Fitz, Caitlin. Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American RevolutionsW.W. Norton, 2016. 

Godechot, Jacques León. France and the Atlantic Revolution of the Eighteenth Century, 1770-1799. Rowen, Herbert H., trans. The Free Press, 1965.

Geggus, David P.  The British Government and the Saint Dominique Slave Revolt, 1791-1793.” The English Historical Review XCVI (1981): 285-305.

Geggus, David P.  The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World.  University of South Carolina Press, 2001.

Greene, Jack P., Franklin W. Knight, Virginia Guedea, & Jaime E. Rodríguez O. “AHR Forum: Revolutions in the Americas,” American Historical Review 105 (February 2000): 92-152.

Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo. Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Hawthorne, Walter. From Africa to Brazil: Culture, Identity, and an Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1830 (African Studies). Cambridge University Press, 2010. 

Hickey, Donald R. “America’s Response to the Slave Revolt in Haiti, 1791-1806.” Journal of the Early Republic 2 (Winter 1982): 368-73.

Horne, Gerald. Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. before Emancipation. NYU Press, 2012.

Hunt, Alfred N. Haiti’s Influence on Antebellum America: Slumbering Volcano in the Caribbean.  Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

Iannini, Christopher. “‘The Itinerant Man’: Crèvecoeur’s Caribbean, Raynal’s Revolution, and the Fate of Atlantic Cosmopolitanism.”  William & Mary Quarterly 61, no. 2 (2004): 201-34.

Innes, Joanna, and Mark Philp. Re-Imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland, 1750-1850. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Jackson, Mauriece, and Jacqueline Bacon, eds. African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents. Routledge, 2009.

Jasanoff, Maya. “Revolutionary Exiles: The American Loyalist and French Émigré Diasporas.” In The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840, eds. David Armitage and Sanja Subrahmanyam. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Pp. 37-58.

Johnson, Rashauna. Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of RevolutionsCambridge University Press, 2016.

Johnson, Ronald Angelo. Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance. The University of Georgia Press, 2014.

Johnson, Sherry. Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution. University of North Carolina University Press, 2011.

Jones, Colin and Dror Wahrman, eds. The Age of Cultural Revolutions: Britain and France, 1750-1820.  University of California Press, 2002.

Klooster, Wim. Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History. NYU Press, 2009.

Kramer, Lloyd.  Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions. University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Kvande, Marta.  Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth-Century Women Transforming Public and Private.  Rosemont, 2008.

Landers, Jane. Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions. Harvard University Press, 2010.

Langley, Lester D. The Americas in the Age of Revolution,1750-1850. Yale University Press, 1996.

Lepore, Jill. “A World of Paine.” In Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of a Nation, ed. Alfred Young & Ray Raphael. Knopf, 2011.

Lindsay, Lisa. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Liss, Peggy K. Atlantic Empires: The Network of Trade and Revolution, 1713–1826 Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.

Lovejoy, Paul E. Jihad in West Africa During the Age of RevolutionOhio University Press, 2016.

Miller, Marla R. The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution. University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.

Moore Lisa L., Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton. Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of RevolutionsOxford University Press, 2012.

O’Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson.  An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Palmer, R. R. The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800. Princeton University Press, 1959.

—. “The World Revolution of the West: 1763-1801.” Political Science Quarterly 69 (March 1954): 1-14.

Perl-Rosenthal, Nathan. Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Picó, Fernando. One Frenchman, Four Revolutions: General Ferrand and the Peoples of the Caribbean.  Marcus Wiener Publishers, 2011.

Polasky, Janet. Revolutionaries Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World. Yale University Press, 2015.

Racine, Karen. Francisco de Miranda: A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

Rapport, Mike. The Unruly City: Paris, London, and New York in the Age of RevolutionsBasic Books, 2017.

Rappyleye, Charles. Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution. Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Reis, João José. Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia.  John Hopkins University Press, 1993.

Roberts, Warren. A Place in History: Albany in the Age of Revolution, 1775-1825. Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press, 2010.

Røge, Pernille. “Rethinking Africa in the Age of Revolution: The evolution of Jean-Baptiste-Léonard Durand’s Voyage au Sénégal.” Atlantic Studies: Special Issue: Rethinking the Age of Revolution. 13, Issue 3 (2016); 389-406.

Scott, Julius S. “Afro-American Sailors and the International Communication Network: The Case of Newport Bowers.”  In African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Document, ed. Maurice Jackson, and Jacqueline Bacon. Routledge, 2009.

Seijas, Tatiana and Jake Frederick. Spanish Dollars and Sister Republics: The Money that Made Mexico and the United States. Rowman Littlefield, 2016.

Sepinwall, Alyssa. “Atlantic Amnesia: French Historians, the Haitian Revolution and the 2004-6 CAPES Exam.” Proceedings of the Western Soc. for French History 34 (2006): 300-314.

Slauter, Will. “The Paragraph as Information Technology: How News Traveled in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.”  Annales HSS 67, no. 2 (2012): 253–78.

Sparks, Randy. Africans in the Old South: Mapping Exceptional Lives Across the Atlantic World. Harvard University Press, 2016.

—. Where the Negroes are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Storozynski, Alex. The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2009.

Sweet, James H. Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Thornton, John. Africa and the Africans in the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

—. Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800. Routledge, 2000.

White, Ashli.  Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Title image: Battle of the Chesapeake

*The above list was compiled by the editors of Age of Revolutions with further assistance from Kristen Block.*

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