Declaration of Independence A Global History

ISBN-10: 067403032X

ISBN-13: 9780674030329

Edition: 2007

Authors: David Armitage

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In a stunningly original look at the American Declaration of Independence, David Armitage reveals the document in a new light: through the eyes of the rest of the world. Not only did the Declaration announce the entry of the United States onto the world stage, it became the model for other countries to follow. Armitage examines the Declaration as a political, legal, and intellectual document, and is the first to treat it entirely within a broad international framework. He shows how the Declaration arose within a global moment in the late eighteenth century similar to our own. He uses over one hundred declarations of independence written since 1776 to show the influence and role the U.S. Declaration has played in creating a world of states out of a world of empires. He discusses why the framers' language of natural rights did not resonate in Britain, how the document was interpreted in the rest of the world, whether the Declaration established a new nation or a collection of states, and where and how the Declaration has had an overt influence on independence movements--from Haiti to Vietnam, and from Venezuela to Rhodesia. Included is the text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and sample declarations from around the world. An eye-opening list of declarations of independence since 1776 is compiled here for the first time. This unique global perspective demonstrates the singular role of the United States document as a founding statement of our modern world.
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction
The World in the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence in the World
A World of Declarations
Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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