The European Revolutions, 1848-1851

The European Revolutions, 1848-1851

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The European Revolutions, 1848-1851 is a student textbook, designed to introduce, in an accessible manner, all the principal themes and problems of this sometimes bewildering period in European history. Professor Sperber's account, which is supplemented by extensive notes for further reading and potted biographies of the principal individuals involved, incorporates the very latest scholarship on the revolution as a social and political mass movement. It describes the events of the various national revolutions (both in 1848, and the subsequent, often-neglected period 1849-51), analyses the contrasting social and political tensions underlying the outbreak of revolution, explores the different varieties of revolutionary experience, and compares the events of 1848-51 both with the previous wave of 1789-95 and the successor of 1917-23.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 113916371X
  • 9781139163712

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'... the annotated bibliography, excellent chronology and neat biographies ... add to a highly readable volume.' Teaching History
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Table of contents

Chronology of events; Introduction; 1. Society and social conflict during the 1840s; 2. The pre-revolutionary political universe; 3. The outbreak of revolution; 4. Varieties of revolutionary experience; 5. Polarisation and confrontation; 6. The mid-century revolutions in European history; Bibliography; Short biographies.
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