George Lawson: “The New – Old – Age of Revolutions”

“Things look different now. Both the time and space of the age of revolutions have been extended: backwards to the Seven Years War (1756-63), a conflagration that spread from Europe to Central America, and from West Africa to southeast Asia, and forwards, reaching all the way to the 1848 revolutions, which ranged from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and from the Americas to Ukraine. In its most maximalist interpretation, therefore, the age of revolutions is a nearly century-long crisis that encompassed most of the world’s regions.”