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Atlantic Exchange In History

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Together with the American Robert E. Palmer, the great historian Jacques Godechot presented the concept of a common "Atlantic Revolution" at the world congress of historians in Rome in 1955. From Godechot's point of view this new concept contained almost no political option and represented therefore a comparatively objective and serene view of history. He hoped that in this way he would prevent his classification as a NATO-ideologist. Instead, he denationalized history and treated all revolutionary movements and events on both sides of the Atlantic on the same level, reconstruction of the revolutionaries' transatlantic networks included. His new approach was accepted but rarely used and was soon forgotten. Today, when Atlantic history is once again on the agenda, this time in the wider context of world history or globalization, Godechot's book should be re-read despite the conceptual limits of his time.

Keywords: Atlantic history; Atlantic Revolution; Jacques Godechot; NATO-ideologist



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