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Thomas Paine: Britain, America, and France in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution

J. C. D. Clark

Abstract

Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was England’s greatest revolutionary: no other reformer was as actively involved in events of the scale of the American and French Revolutions, and none wrote such best-selling texts with the impact of Common Sense and Rights of Man. None combined his roles as activist and theorist, or did so in the ‘age of revolutions’, fundamental as it was to the emergence of the ‘modern world’. But his fame meant that he was taken up and reinterpreted for current use by successive later commentators and politicians, so that the ‘historic Paine’ was too often obscured by the ‘usable ... More

Keywords: Paine, revolution, rights, democracy, radicalism, Deism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816997.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. C. D. Clark, author
Hall Distinguished Professor of British History, University of Kansas