The Unruly City: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

The Unruly City: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

by Mike Rapport


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A lauded expert on European history paints a vivid picture of Paris, London, and New York during the Age of Revolutions, exploring how each city fostered or suppressed political uprisings within its boundaries

In The Unruly City, historian Mike Rapport offers a vivid history of three intertwined cities toward the end of the eighteenth century-Paris, London, and New York-all in the midst of political chaos and revolution. From the British occupation of New York during the Revolutionary War, to agitation for democracy in London and popular uprisings, and ultimately regicide in Paris, Rapport explores the relationship between city and revolution, asking why some cities engender upheaval and some suppress it.

Why did Paris experience a devastating revolution while London avoided one? And how did American independence ignite activism in cities across the Atlantic? Rapport takes readers from the politically charged taverns and coffeehouses on Fleet Street, through a sea battle between the British and French in the New York Harbor, to the scaffold during the Terror in Paris.

The Unruly City shows how the cities themselves became protagonists in the great drama of revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465022281
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Michael Rapport is a professor of history at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. The author of numerous books, Rapport lives in Stirling, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Three Cities in an Age of Revolution ix

1 The Revolution Comes to New York, 1765-1775 1

2 London Defiant: Wilkes and Liberty, 1763-1776 35

3 The King Against Paris, 1763-1776 55

4 New York City in Revolution and War, 1775-1783 73

5 London Burns: Reformers and Rioters, 1776-1780 99

6 Paris Rises: The Coming of Revolution, 1776-1789 123

7 New York: Capital City, 1783-1789 149

8 Paris in Revolution, 1789-1793 173

9 London Debates the French Revolution, 1789-1792 203

10 Paris in the Terror, 1793-1794 223

11 Radical London: Democrats, Loyalists and the Reaction, 1792-1794 255

12 New York Confronts the French Revolution, 1789-1795 283

Conclusion: The Revolutionary City and Historical Memory 307

Acknowledgements 319

Notes 323

Index 351

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