Rooted in global historical sociology, an approach at the very junction of modernity, postcolonial, globalization studies and Atlantic history, I explore what I call the « Republican Atlantic », a liminal social space gathering French, Dutch, American, British, Genevan (etc.). Those philosophers (and transnational activists) sought to implement global reforms to challenge what they perceived as corrupted monarchical societies in the second half of the 18th century. In my research, I focus my attention on the trajectory of four key figures: Jacques-Pierre Brissot de Warville, Francis d’Ivernois, Catharine MacAuley, and Vincent Ogé jeune. By taking into account the ties and connections across the Atlantic, beyond and below State control, it becomes possible to understand the importance of the transnational factor in the protest movement against monarchy. To define the contours of this Atlantic enables us also to reflect upon the existence of the Republic before the advent of the republics, and its contribution to the disruption of monarchical order beyond a limiting nation-state perspective.
Régis Coursin is a Postdoctoral and a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, the Transhistorical Research Group and the Transnational Dynamics and Collective Action Network at the University of Montreal. He holds a postdoctoral research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture. He is currently working on a book about the pre-revolutionnary life of Jacques-Pierre Brissot looking at the convergence and discrepancies of the quest of freedom from subjects of servitude under European monarchy.