Revolution in Context: An Interview with Justin du Rivage

Revolution Against Empire featuring detail from “The Anti-Stamp-Act” (Yale University Press)

The American Revolution is the keystone of the US national story and so its origins have garnered much attention from American historians. But to what extent were the Revolution’s causes imperial, transnational, or even global in nature? Justin du Rivage’s new book Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence (Yale University Press, 2017) makes a powerful argument that competing ideologies of sovereignty developed on both sides of the Atlantic. In this wider context, it becomes clear that 1776 did not erupt from a divide between “British” and “American”, but from the clash between establishment, authoritarian, and radical ideologies of governance and reform.

Author Justin du Rivage (Justin du Rivage)

Justin du Rivage received his PhD from Yale. He previously taught American history at Stanford and currently works as a consultant. We recently spoke with Dr. du Rivage from his London home about the book, crossing historiographical boundaries, and his thoughts on moving between academia and the private sector.

Elizabeth C. Libero

CFP: Spain and the American Revolution Conference (Johns Hopkins, June 2018)

For readers interested in Spain’s role in the American Revolution, here’s a call for papers for a conference to be held at Johns Hopkins University from June 8-10, 2018: The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine…