Blurbs

*****

“The Age of Revolutions site is an excellent historical resource. Over several years, its editors have consistently curated an ongoing series of thematic discussions, bringing key aspects of contemporary historiography to a wider online audience. Publishing on an almost weekly basis, the site’s content showcases the global interests of the best contemporary scholarship on the period, offering a wide variety of researchers a valuable chance to present their work in an engaging form. All concerned are to be commended, both for the stimulating content provided, and for the high-quality site on which it is presented.”

David Andress, University of Portsmouth, editor of The Oxford Handbook on the French Revolution and several books on the Reign of Terror

“The Age of Revolutions website is a whiff of fresh air in an age of pollution by trumped-up news.  Subscribe to it (no cost), and you will receive constant updates about research in the richest area of historical study: revolutions world wide during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Haiti, Venezuela, and Japan appear alongside France in essays brimming with new ideas and bibliographical leads.  Since its launch in 2015, it has accumulated more than 200 articles, and it is a joy to read.”

Robert Darnton, Harvard University, author of Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature and several books related to the history of the book, the Enlightenment, and cultural history.

“This blog has grown over the last few years to become one of the most crucial internet resources on the age of revolutions for scholars, instructors, and students at all levels. AoR’s wide-ranging coverage of revolutionary movements across the world,—Egypt, Mexico, Ireland, Guinea, Haiti, Russia, England, and France—and with contributors from across the academic ranks, has not only enshrined its place among academic blogs, but has helped to indelibly change perceptions about the who, what, where, when, and how of the Age of Revolutions as a concept.”

Marlene Daut, University of Virginia, author of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865

“The Age of Revolutions blog has been fantastic for my teaching at Cambridge. With a very flexible (and always growing) reading list for our undergraduate courses that cover global and American history in the late 18th and early 19th century, the ability to point students to cutting-edge, well-researched, but shorter essays, with attached further reading, helps us give them a quick way into the topics. The wide range of global coverage means that students studying topics as diverse as the Meiji restoration, the West African slave trade, the Haitian revolution, as well as the American revolution have access to thinking and framing that draws them in through what they know, in a more accessible form than a standard journal review article. The roundtables have also been excellent for thinking about methods teaching. My colleagues and I have come to rely on Age of Revolutions as a teaching tool and look forward to its regular updates.”

Bronwen Everill, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, author of Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leon and Liberia

“I have been published twice by this site and both times it helped distribute my research far more widely than I could have done otherwise. I read the posts on a weekly basis and am always impressed by the beautiful lay-out and the inviting, sharply edited and well-illustrated articles. It has helped me enormously get back into a field I once knew, for it highlights the best of the new as well as excellent routes to connect the old with the new. The editors serve our field tremendously well, reaching out to scholars around the world, and always emphasizing the latest and most compelling advances in historical research about global transformations, 1750-1850.”

Kate Fullagar, Macquarie University, author of Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age

“The Age of Revolutions blog is a model of how rich and innovative scholarship can be done digitally. The editors have brought together a welter of fascinating and informative scholarship that not only represents the current state of the field, but advances the conversation.  There have been a lot of scholarly history blogs that have gotten started in the last several years, but not nearly as many have sustained themselves and remained consistent destinations for scholarly discourse. The Age of Revolutions blog has done so, and is one of the best scholarly forums out there. That’s a testament to the hard work of the editors in soliciting, editing, and presenting the work of scholars across the field of revolutionary studies.”

Kevin Gannon, Grand View University, author of  forthcoming Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto

Age of Revolutions represents stellar public scholarship.  It showcases cutting edge research by junior historians and presents it in very accessibly written short form posts that gives quick tastes of important work in the pipeline. It frames the Age of Revolutions very broadly in every regard whether region, topic or theme.  I have assigned pieces as readings for undergraduates and asked graduate students to assess the current state of the field based on the range of items.  The site looks beautiful and is a pleasure to navigate.  Amidst the proliferating rabbit holes of the internet, the Age of Revolutions has achieved the very difficult task of quickly establishing itself as essential for research, teaching, and broad interest in this critical field.”

Julie Hardwick, University of Texas at Austin, author of Family Business Litigation and the Political Economies of Daily Life in Early Modern France

“When I go to a scholarly website, I don’t expect to be surprised, if only because I am often looking for something specific. But when I go to Age of Revolutions I always find something unexpected and unexpectedly helpful for my own teaching or research. The site offers gateways to new thoughts because its editors are always on top of the latest developments and because they have an especially capacious view of what matters in history. They are not just collecting scholarship; they are actively helping to create new interpretations.”

Lynn Hunt, UCLA, author most recently of History: Why It Matters and several books on the French Revolution

“The Age of Revolutions blog is a must for scholars of the early modern world. Carefully edited, beautifully curated, the blog showcases the best of recent scholarship in an attractive, readable and innovative format. The editors are to be commended for creating such an important resource that will stand the test of time. It is one of the few blogsites I read and turn to regularly for ideas, and I always look forward to new posts.”

Michael McDonnell, University of Sydney, author of Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America

“In just a few short years, Age of Revolutions has established itself as one of the leading history blogs.  What makes it so cutting-edge is the editors’ consciously diverse approach to the study of revolutions.  They have broadened the chronology and widened the scope of historical understanding for academic and lay historians alike.  The range of topics covered by AoR is incredible.  Collectively, the posts offer up a vast geographical and temporal sweep, from the origins of the French Revolution to Iran’s Islamic Republic and beyond.  And the writing is as varied as the coverage, with think pieces and interviews joining more traditional essay-style historical interpretations.  Readers are treated to reconsiderations of classic texts like C.L.R. James’s Black Jacobins and to reflections on pedagogy.  I appreciate the public-facing and accessible style of the site with many of the pieces being ideal for undergraduate teaching. Thanks to the lively writing and visually arresting website design, I return to the site frequently. And as someone who has published on AoR, I found the editors a joy to work with.  They are doing the historical profession a real service.”

Jason McGraw, Indiana University, author of The Work of Recognition: Caribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship

“The Age of Revolutions blog is one of the most exciting new developments in the field. It ties Atlantic history and the Age of Revolutions to 20th-century revolutions and does so from a creative, interdisciplinary, and global vantage point, blending research-driven articles with think pieces and contributions about teaching. The editorial work is truly inspired–I love the range of pieces posted, and the way the blog breaks down the Eurocentrism that made prior generations of work in this field less dynamic. When I contributed a piece myself, I was grateful for the rigorous editorial engagement from several scholars involved in the project.”

Elena Schneider, University of California at Berkeley, author of The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World

“One of the most important developments in the last decade in communicating history to a wider audience is the group blog—most of these developed by early career scholars. Age of Revolutions is a real model in having a clear focus, a process of review and editing, and a range of topics and writers. For it’s regularly lively and geographically capacious content it has a regular spot on the Omohundro Institute’s “Octo,” our aggregator of blogs of interest to vast early American history and historians … Kudos to the AoR founders and editors!”

Karin Wulf, William & Mary and Director of the Omohundro Institute, author of Not All Wives: Women of Colonial Philadelphia

Title image: François-René Moreau, A Proclamação da Independência, 1844.