Revolutions of 1848: A Social History
This social history of Europe during 1848 selects the most crucial centers of revolt and shows by a vivid reconstruction of events what revolution meant to the average citizen and how fateful a part he had in it. A wealth of material from contemporary sources, much of which is unavailable in English, is woven into a superb narrative which tells the story of how Frenchmen lived through the first real working-class revolt, how the students of Vienna took over the city government, how Croats and Slovenes were roused in their first nationalistic struggle, how Mazzini set up his ideal republic Rome.
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A description of an event that swept across Europe in 1848, and was instrumental in the formation of the republics which are such a feature of Europe today. It was an assault on the rigid monarchies ... Read full review