Abstract and Keywords
Considering the legacies of the Revolution raises basic methodological questions about how we understand historical change and the long-term relevance of the past. These include how we frame narratives and choose endpoints and whether we focus on conscious appropriation and rejection of revolutionary experiences, or on more structural changes. Broad conceptual legacies include possible transformations not only in social and political arenas, but also in how individuals understood themselves and their world. More specific changes affect gender relations and family; tensions between universalism and rights for different groups; the emergence of the modern nation-state; and ideas about the legitimacy and purpose of violence.
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