Catalogue


Holy madness : romantics, patriots and revolutionaries, 1776-1871 /
Adam Zamoyski.
imprint
New York : Viking, 2000.
description
xii, 498 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0670892718
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
New York : Viking, 2000.
isbn
0670892718
catalogue key
4027709
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-09-01:
Zamoyski (The Polish Way; Paderewski. o.p.) has written extensively on the history and people of his native Poland, and it is the liberating odyssey of his homeland that explains his empathy for the protagonists of this rambling narrative. Holy Madness covers a century of revolutionary fervor that started with the American Revolution and ended with the demise of the Paris Commune in 1871. The Marquis de Lafayette, Francisco de Miranda, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Giuseppe Garibaldi are just a few of the paladins of liberty who roam the pages of this saga. Their common bond was a liberal ideology that rested on a belief in the innate goodness of human beings. Inevitably, the revolutionary fires they started consumed many of the souls that were seized by this holy madness. Yet today, from Russia to Mexico, their dream of creating governments responsive to personal liberties is closer to reality than ever before in the history of the West. Holy Madness is a good choice for any public or academic library that seeks to strengthen its Western civilization collections.ÄJim Doyle, Sara Hightower Regional Lib., Rome, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Library Journal, September 2000
Booklist, October 2000
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Publisher Fact Sheet
Hailed as a "a dashing account of the romantic movement & bold narrative history at its best" (Michael Ignatieff, The Observer), Holy Madness is a sweeping, graceful portrait of one extraordinary century that changed the face of the world. From the first shots of the American Revolution in 1776 to the last agony of the Paris Commune in 1871, Adam Zamoyski elegantly captures the romantics & revolutionaries who were willing to die for the cause of an idealized nation & who transformed the society of Europe & its colonies. Holy Madness provides not only a fluid history of the tumultuous years that embraced the American & French revolutions, the Irish Rebellion, the Polish uprisings, the liberation of South America, & the Italian Risorgimento, it also probes the spiritual & emotional forces responsible for the founding events of the modern world. Zamoyski also captures the passionate revolutionary figures Lafayette, Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Bolivar, Rousseau, & countless others who were caught up in the fervor of the nationalist crusade. As the cult of the nation rises again around the world, Holy Madness is a magnificent & riveting history that takes on chilling relevance in today's society.
Unpaid Annotation
Hailed as a "a dashing account of the romantic movement and bold narrative history at its best" (Michael Ignatieff, The Observer), Holy Madness is a sweeping, graceful portrait of one extraordinary century that changed the face of the world. From the first shots of the American Revolution in 1776 to the last agony of the Paris Commune in 1871, Adam Zamoyski elegantly captures the romantics and revolutionaries who were willing to die for the cause of an idealized nation and who transformed the society of Europe and its colonies.Holy Madness provides not only a fluid history of the tumultuous years that embraced the American and French revolutions, the Irish Rebellion, the Polish uprisings, the liberation of South America, and the Italian Risorgimento, it also probes the spiritual and emotional forces responsible for the founding events of the modern world. Zamoyski also captures the passionate revolutionary figures Lafayette, Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Bolivar, Rousseau, and countless others who were caught up in the fervor of the nationalist crusade. As the cult of the nation rises again around the world, Holy Madness is a magnificent and riveting history that takes on chilling relevance in today's society.
Unpaid Annotation
The dramatic journey of "Holy Madness" begins in America in 1776 and travels through the last agony of the Paris Commune in 1871, documenting in one continuous narrative an extraordinary century that changed the face of the world. Romantics and revolutionaries, fired by the political visions of the Englightenment, transformed the society of Europe and its colonies in a widespread desire to create ideal communities: witness the American Revolution, the Irish rebellion, uprisings in Hungary, Russia, and Poland; the war of Greek liberation, the liberation of South America, and the Italian Risorgimento. On this vast canvas, Zamoyski elegantly captures the passionate partisans Lafayette, Garibaldi, Mazzini, Napoleon, Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Coleridge, Byron, Rousseau, Bolivar, and countless others willing to die in a kind of crusade whose Jerusalem was an idealized nation. As the cult of the nation rises again around the world, this magnificent, and stimulating consideration of the causes and consequences of nationalism takes on a chilling relevance.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem