Re-imagining Political Communities in the Mediterranean: Peoples, Nations, and Empires in the Age of Democratic Revolution


Date: Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 14, 2013

Part of the workshop, Re-imagining Democracy in Europe and the Americas c1750-c1860

This workshop explored how new ideas about political community were developed in the Mediterranean region between the American Revolution and the Italian Risorgimento. This period saw flux and turmoil within the region, not only within territories but in their external relations, as Mediterranean polities struggled to maintain sovereignty in the face of pressure from northern ‘Great Powers’. It was in this challenging context that the region’s ruling and subject groups encountered and had to make sense of new ideas about how government and society should be constituted: involving for example constitutions, representation, liberty and equality, national and popular sovereignty, and democracy.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and co-sponsored by the Blinken Institute and the Heyman Center.

Date: Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 14, 2013

Part of the workshop, Re-imagining Democracy in Europe and the Americas c1750-c1860

This workshop explored how new ideas about political community were developed in the Mediterranean region between the American Revolution and the Italian Risorgimento. This period saw flux and turmoil within the region, not only within territories but in their external relations, as Mediterranean polities struggled to maintain sovereignty in the face of pressure from northern ‘Great Powers’. It was in this challenging context that the region’s ruling and subject groups encountered and had to make sense of new ideas about how government and society should be constituted: involving for example constitutions, representation, liberty and equality, national and popular sovereignty, and democracy.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and co-sponsored by the Blinken Institute and the Heyman Center.

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