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1848 : The Revolutionary Tide in Europe - Peter N. Stearns


The Revolutionary Tide in Europe


Published: 17th February 1974
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Only in that year did revolution assume virtually continental proportions: France, Italy, Germany, and the countries of the Habsburg monarchy experienced serious revolutions, and significant outbreaks occurred in Switzerland, Denmark, Romania, Poland, and Ireland. Britain, though untouched by formal revolution, saw the last wave of Chartist agitation. Of the larger countries, then, only Russia and Spain were exempt.

Peter N. Stearns uses a comparative approach in his analysis of these largely interconnected risings. Concentrating on the key areas of revolutionary action-France, Germany, Italy, and the Habsburg monarchy-he shows how the revolutions were linked by economic causation, by ideology, and by the fascination of revolution itself. In exploring the origins, successes, and failures of these movements, Professor Stearns goes beyond the specific political and intellectual factors involved in the events themselves to discuss the kind of society that could produce such an astonishing revolutionary contagion. He assesses the tragic consequences of the revolutions' failure, particularly in central Europe, and analyzes their positive impact on the nature of political protest, the rise of the labor movement, and the attitude of conservatives in power toward change.

Introductionp. 1
Causes Of The Revolutionsp. 11
the Lower Classes and the Countrysidep. 15
the Middle Classes and Revolutionp. 36
the Ideological Build-Up and the Weakness of the Elitep. 46
The Revolutionary Outburstp. 69
France: the Catalystp. 71
the Habsburg Lands: the Flare-Upp. 94
Italy: War and Revolutionp. 123
Germany: Talk and Revolutionp. 140
The Impact Of The Revolutionsp. 167
the Revolutionary Spill-Over and New Social Currentsp. 169
the Revolutionary Aftermathp. 185
A Balance Sheetp. 223
the Patterns of 1848p. 225
The Legacy of 1848p. 239
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780393093117
ISBN-10: 0393093115
Series: Revolutions in the Modern World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th February 1974
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1