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MW Lecture with Prof. Annelien De Dijn (Utrecht University) - Egalitarian Revolutions

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  • Wed 16 Jan 2019 17.00 - 18.03
  Add to Calendar 2019-01-16 17:00 2019-01-16 18:03 Europe/Paris MW Lecture with Prof. Annelien De Dijn (Utrecht University) - Egalitarian Revolutions

In this paper, Prof. De Dijn shows that the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century were not just democratic revolutions, as R.R. Palmer put it; they were also egalitarian revolutions. American, Dutch and French revolutionaries were convinced that their experiment with democratic government could only succeed in societies with a more or less equal distribution of property. Hence, they introduced a host of laws designed to create or maintain greater social equality.
Second, she explains why the social egalitarianism of the Atlantic Revolutions has been more or less forgotten by historians and the broader public. Prof. De Dijn concludes by reflecting on the extent to which the Atlantic Revolutions constitute a "usable past" for contemporary egalitarians.

Ann Thomson (HEC Professor) will introduce the Lecture.
Pascale Siegrist (MW HEC Fellow) will chair the Lecture.

Refectory, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

In this paper, Prof. De Dijn shows that the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century were not just democratic revolutions, as R.R. Palmer put it; they were also egalitarian revolutions. American, Dutch and French revolutionaries were convinced that their experiment with democratic government could only succeed in societies with a more or less equal distribution of property. Hence, they introduced a host of laws designed to create or maintain greater social equality.
Second, she explains why the social egalitarianism of the Atlantic Revolutions has been more or less forgotten by historians and the broader public. Prof. De Dijn concludes by reflecting on the extent to which the Atlantic Revolutions constitute a "usable past" for contemporary egalitarians.

Ann Thomson (HEC Professor) will introduce the Lecture.
Pascale Siegrist (MW HEC Fellow) will chair the Lecture.


Location:
Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Grassini (EUI - Max Weber Programme) - Send a mail

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