Book Series Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies , vol. 16

Mirrors of Revolution

Conflict and Political Identity in Early Modern Europe

Francesco Benigno

  • Pages: 332 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2010

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Review(s)

"Benignos Buch ist lesenswert, ebenso als Sammlung historiographischer Essays wie als Überlegungen über die »revolutionäre« Dynamik und Entscheidung zum Aufstand." (Thomas Maissen, in: Francia-Recensio, vol. 3, 2012)

Summary

From the English Civil War to the Fronde, from Masaniello to Robespierre, this book is one of the first attempts to create a European, transnational approach to the problems of the early modern age. It proposes a detailed reconstruction of the main interpretative tendencies that have developed around the English Civil War, the French Revolution, the so-called ‘Seventeenth-Century Crisis’: the Fronde and the Neapolitan revolt of Masaniello. And yet, Mirrors of Revolution agrees with neither the traditional social interpretations of the causes of revolt, nor with revisionist approaches that privilege the influence of discursive registers. Instead, it proposes an original interpretation of revolution based on the concept of political identity. In the terms of this analysis, revolutions do not reveal previously hidden social groups. Rather, revolutions become the central ground upon which new identities coalesce. With its usage of the Fronde and Masaniello as case-studies for extensive investigation, Mirrors of Revolution outlines a challenging and exciting reformulation of the concept, and causes, of revolution.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction to the English Translation

Introduction to the Italian Edition of 1999

Chapter 1: Revisionism Compared

Chapter 2: Rethinking the Crisis of the Seventeenth Century

Chapter 3: ‘Winds of the Fronde’: The Revolution before the Revolution

Chapter 4: The Mystery of Masaniello

Conclusion