Lafayette in Two Worlds Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions

ISBN-10: 0807848182
ISBN-13: 9780807848180
Edition: 2nd 1999
Authors: Lloyd Kramer
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Description: Lloyd Kramer offers a new interpretation of the cultural and political significance of the career of the Marquis de Lafayette, which spanned the American Revolution, the French Revolutions of 1789 and 1830, and the Polish Uprising of 1830-31. Moving  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298

Lloyd Kramer offers a new interpretation of the cultural and political significance of the career of the Marquis de Lafayette, which spanned the American Revolution, the French Revolutions of 1789 and 1830, and the Polish Uprising of 1830-31. Moving beyond traditional biography, Kramer traces the wide-ranging influence of Lafayette's public and personal life, including his contributions to the emergence of nationalist ideologies in Europe and America, his extensive connections with liberal political theorists, and his close friendships with prominent writers, many of them women. Kramer places Lafayette on the cusp of the two worlds of America and France, politics and literature, the Enlightenment and the Romantic movement, public affairs and private life, revolution and nationalism, and men and women. He argues that Lafayette's experiences reveal how public figures can symbolize the aspirations of a society as a whole, and he stresses Lafayette's important role in a cultural network of contemporaries that included Germaine de Stal, Benjamin Constant, Frances Wright, James Fenimore Cooper, and Alexis de Tocqueville.

Lloyd Kramer is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Threshold of a New World: Intellectuals and the Exile Experience in Paris, 1830-1848 and Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions.

Acknowledgments
Lafayette and the History of Two Worlds
America's Lafayette and Lafayette's America: A European and the American Revolution
Was Lafayette a Dumbbell or a Shredded Text?: Political Conflict and Symbolic Meanings in the French Revolution
Lafayette and Liberal Theorists: Intellectuals, Politics, and the Legacy of the French Revolution
Lafayette and Romantic Culture, 1815-1834
Lafayette and Women Writers: Germaine de Stael, Fanny Wright, and Cristina Belgiojoso
Lafayette, Tocqueville, and American National Identity
Lafayette in 1830: A Center That Could Not Hold
The Rights of Man: Lafayette and the Polish National Revolution, 1830-1834
Epilogue. Lafayette and Postrevolutionary Political Culture
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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