Abstract-ing Trans-atlantic Anti-Jacobinism

Before I leave off commenting on Transatlantic Anti-Jacobinism, let me share the abstract of the article. It conveys some of the content and argument of the piece in more academic prose.

So, as a short summary:

This article identifies an important transnational political
ideology and identity in the Atlantic world in the 1790s–1810s: trans-
Atlantic Anti-Jacobinism. Opposition to the French Revolution, although
present in individual nations, gained force and variety through connections
forged between individuals from the European Continent to Great
Britain, Canada, and the United States. Lines of communication that
were formed through the practices of writing and printing, correspondence,
diplomacy, and travel kept the movement unified against a common
enemy. The two most salient elements of this Anti-Jacobinism were
concerns over political reaction and religion or, stated differently, vigorous
defenses of the established political order and the received religious belief,
Protestant or Catholic Christianity. Interlocked, these two main concerns
of Anti-Jacobins inspired active response. Ironically, a desire to defend
individual nations, political arrangements, and faith traditions led to a
political alignment that crossed national boundaries and bound individuals
together in a common cause. The formation and operation of Anti-
Jacobinism thus occurred simultaneously on subnational and supranational
levels, demonstrating the multiple valences of political opinion in the Age
of Revolutions.

And now, I have no doubt readers are ready to run out and pick up Early American Studies, volume 11, no. 1 (January 2013): 133-145. Don’t let me stop you!

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