How Global Was the Age of Revolutions? The Case of Mount Lebanon, 1821

Hill, Peter (2021) How Global Was the Age of Revolutions? The Case of Mount Lebanon, 1821. Journal of Global History, 16 (1). pp. 65-84. ISSN 1740-0228

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This article addresses the question of the geographical scope of the ‘age of revolutions’ (c.1750–1850) through the case of a peasant uprising in Mount Lebanon in 1821. This uprising had similarities with recent and contemporary revolutions and rebellions, which have led some to suggest the influence of the ideas of the French Revolution of 1789 or the Greek Revolution of 1821. This article argues that influence at the level of ideas was unimportant, but that the similarities can plausibly be traced to similar and connected contexts at the level of political economy, as the expansion and crisis of military-fiscal states provoked opposition ‘from below’ and renegotiations of sovereignty. This focus on political economy rather than genealogies of ideas can then help define an ‘age of revolutions’ extending beyond Europe and the north Atlantic into the Ottoman empire, Latin America, and other regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global History, Revolution, Middle East, Lebanon
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 12:58
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:01

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