The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848

A major intellectual history of the American Revolution and its influence on later revolutions in Europe and the Americas


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Nov 26, 2019
6.13 x 9.25 in.
23 b/w illus.
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The Expanding Blaze is a sweeping history of how the American Revolution inspired revolutions throughout Europe and the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Jonathan Israel, one of the world’s leading historians of the Enlightenment, shows how the radical ideas of the American founders set the pattern for democratic revolutions, movements, and constitutions in France, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Canada, Haiti, Brazil, and Spanish America. The book traces how American efforts to implement Radical Enlightenment ideas drove revolutions abroad, as foreign leaders followed the American example and espoused American democratic values. The first major new intellectual history of the age of democratic revolution in decades, The Expanding Blaze returns the American Revolution to its global context.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 in American History
  • Honorable Mention for the 2018 PROSE Award in U.S. History, Association of American Publishers