The Unruly City by Mike Rapport
Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

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The central realization left by Rapport’s book is that the democratic structures that have supported us for so long came about as a result of a series of convulsions of the established order.
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In The Unruly City, historian Mike Rapport offers a vivid history of three intertwined cities toward the end of the eighteenth century-Paris, London, and New York-all in the midst of political chaos and revolution. From the British occupation of New York during the Revolutionary War, to agitation for democracy in London and popular uprisings, and ultimately regicide in Paris, Rapport explores the relationship between city and revolution, asking why some cities engender upheaval and some suppress it.

Why did Paris experience a devastating revolution while London avoided one? And how did American independence ignite activism in cities across the Atlantic? Rapport takes readers from the politically charged taverns and coffeehouses on Fleet Street, through a sea battle between the British and French in the New York Harbor, to the scaffold during the Terror in Paris.

The Unruly City shows how the cities themselves became protagonists in the great drama of revolution.
 

About Mike Rapport

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Mike Rapport is a lecturer in history at the University of Stirling, where he is also Director of the Masters Program in Revolution and Counter-Revolution. He lives in Scotland.
 
Published May 2, 2017 by Basic Books. 362 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Russell Shorto on May 18 2017

The central realization left by Rapport’s book is that the democratic structures that have supported us for so long came about as a result of a series of convulsions of the established order.

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