Empires, nations, and revolutions

Jeremy Adelman

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This essay examines the ways in which the age of revolutions expanded the repertoire of political ideas and identities available to new and old political subjects. It questions the traditional narrative that replaces a model of old regimes and empires with a new one of imagined unitary nation-states. Instead, it argues that the nature of the political crisis of the Iberian empires gave rise to a reinvention of familiar categories, like monarchy and empire, and sired a wider range of new ones that did not fit the national mold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the History of Ideas
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Atlantic history
  • Colonialism
  • Nationhood
  • Revolution
  • Sovereignty


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