Sister Revolutions

French Lightning, American Light

Susan Dunn

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What the two great modern revolutions can teach us about democracy today

The American and French revolutions presented the world with two very different visions of democracy. Although both professed similar Enlightenment ideals of freedom, equality, and justice and set similar political agendas, there were also fundamental differences. The French sought a complete break with a thousand years of history; the Americans were content to preserve many aspects of their English heritage. Why did the two revolutions follow such different trajectories? And what lessons do they offer us about democracy today? In lucid narrative style, Dunn captures the personalities and lives of the great figures of both revolutions, and shows how their stories added up to make two very different events.

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"Stimulating and provocative . . . Sister Revolutions shows not only how the French and American experiments developed but also why their differing examples have continued to beguile leaders." --Paul Gray, Time

"Dunn . . . finds some fresh things to say about this old but rich topic." --Richard Brookhiser, New York Times Book Review

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Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn is professor of French literature and the history of ideas at Williams College. She is the author of numerous critically acclaimed articles and books in political theory and historical literary criticism, and she has been the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

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Sister Revolutions
French Lightning, American Light
Susan Dunn

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
September 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571199891
ISBN10: 0571199895
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Includes 18 Black-and-White Photographs, Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index
$19.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
September 2000
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923699
ISBN10: 1429923695
256 pages, Includes 18 Black-and-White Photographs, Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index
$7.99
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