The European Revolutions, 1848–1851

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 7, 2005 - History - 313 pages
Reaching from the Atlantic to Ukraine, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the revolutions of 1848 brought millions of people across the European continent into political life. Nationalist aspirations, social issues and feminist demands coming to the fore in the mid-century revolutions would reverberate in continental Europe until 1914 and beyond. Yet the new regimes established then proved ephemeral, succumbing to counter-revolution. In this second edition, Jonathan Sperber has updated and expanded his study of the European Revolutions between 1848–1851. Emphasizing the socioeconomic background to the revolutions, and the diversity of political opinions and experiences of participants, the book offers an inclusive narrative of the revolutionary events and a structural analysis of the reasons for the revolutions' ultimate failure. A wide-reaching conclusion and a detailed bibliography make the book ideal both for classroom use and for a general reader wishing a better knowledge of this major historical event.


Society and social conflict in Europe during the 1840s
The prerevolutionary political universe
The outbreak of revolution
Varieties of revolutionary experience
Polarization and confrontation
The midcentury revolutions in European history
Short biographies

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Page 292 - Strasse und Brot: Sozialer Protest in den deutschen Staaten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Preufiens, 1847-1849 (Gottingen, 1990), 114; Thomas Lindenberger, "Die 'verdiente Tracht Prugel': Ein kurzes Kapitel über das Lynchen im wilhelminischen Berlin," in Lindenberger and Lvidtke, eds., Physische Gewalt, 197-98, n.
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About the author (2005)

Jonathan Sperber is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His previous publications include award-winning books such as Rhineland Radicals: The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848/1849 (1991) and The Kaiser's Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany (1997).

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