“From New Cultures to a New Regime: Washington and Cuzco in the 1810s”

OI Colloquium with Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

This paper comes from a chapter of a book-in-progress, a wide-angle cultural history of the age of revolutions, ca. 1760-1825. Interweaving the stories of cities in North and South America, it argues that a synchronous and inter-related set of cultural changes took place in multiple Atlantic regions around 1800–spanning sociability, urban space, and family life–which created strikingly similar cultural foundations for the “second wave” of Atlantic revolutions post-1808.

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal is a faculty fellow at the University of Southern California and a historian of the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He focuses on the political and cultural history of Europe and the Americas in the age of revolution, with a strong interest in law and empire. He received his PhD in history from Columbia University in 2011, with a dissertation on epistolarity and revolutionary organizing, and then in 2015 published a first book on a different topic: Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution (Belknap/Harvard). His current book project is a cultural history of the Atlantic age of revolutions, from the 1760s through the 1820s, which aims to rethink the era’s putative role in creating modern democratic politics.


The OI’s Colloquium Series is an ongoing seminar for scholars to present their work in progress for graduate students and colleagues.  Advanced registration is required. All participants read the pre-circulated  paper and prepare to engage in generous and generative feedback.

When we meet in person we are limited by the size of the OI’s conference room; online we limit registration to 40 (a typical size for the colloquium). No recordings are made of the discussions and no tweeting or posting on other social media platforms during the event is permitted in order to encourage this intellectual community of trusted exchange.


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