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The Great Upheaval: America And The Birth Of The Modern World Jay Winik

The Great Upheaval: America And The Birth Of The Modern World

Jay Winik

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In the closing years of the 18th century, three countries-one the world’s first large republic, one a fearsome empire, and one the glorious seat of the Enlightenment-saw tumultuous changes that would shape the world’s future. America, Russia, andMoreIn the closing years of the 18th century, three countries-one the world’s first large republic, one a fearsome empire, and one the glorious seat of the Enlightenment-saw tumultuous changes that would shape the world’s future. America, Russia, and France were more closely linked than is commonly believed, their social upheavals heavily influencing their individual fates. Revolution, liberalism, republicanism, nationalism-all would develop during this time. In The Great Upheaval, Jay Winik creates a grand epic narrative, bringing to life the era’s most powerful characters, including George Washington, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones, Talleyrand, Louis XVI and Catherine the Great. We see them as they saw each other, at a time when their revolutions, repressions and growing pains were building the framework of the modern world. To appreciate the full magnitude of America’s success in solidifying the United States, to understand the enormity-and tragedy-of the French Revolution, and to grasp how the formerly liberal Catherine the Great became a repressive despot, one has to see the whole world as they all did, watching events unfold across nations and continents. Gripping and powerful, Winik’s unique portait of this period gives new, remarkable insight into the birth of the modern age.