Revolutionary Redux: 1848 and 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 06:00 AM
My last novel, Heyday, opens in 1848. When I wrote the book, I was struck by the resonance between the 1840s and the 2000s in America — the go-go economy, all the new technological marvels, the birth of marketing and youth culture, the anti-immigrant backlash, and more.
But these last two months, as the democratic protests and rebellions broke out and spread across North Africa and Egypt, I found myself once again gobsmacked by the historical parallels: the 2011 revolutions bear a lot of uncanny resemblances to the 1848 revolutions.
You can also listen to and download this show Studio 360 did about 1848, featuring Simon Schama: