This volume in the Oxford History of Modern Europe is a comprehensive study of German history from 1770 to 1866. It examines the manner in which the development of bureaucratic and participatory institutions changed the character and capacities of governments throughout German Europe; the economic expansion in which the productivity of both agriculture and manufacturing increased, commercial activity intensified, and urban growth was encouraged; and the rising culture of print, which sustained new developments in literature, philosophy, and scholarship, and helped transform the rules and procedures of everyday life. These developments, it is argued, led to an erosion of the traditional values and institutions, and played an important part in the transformation of German politics, society, and culture. Rather than viewing the development of a Prussian-led Nation State as "natural" or inevitable, the book emphasizes alternative forces of unity and division which existed up until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
'This book is sure to be regarded as indispensable to students of German history. It has much to offer scholars in other fields as well, particularly those concerned with the genesis of modern nationalism ... Sheehan's book is a kind of summing-up of the work of his own scholarly generation. His colleagues could hardly ask for a more worthy tribute.'
Daniel Moran, University of Northern Colorado, The International History Review
`German History 1770-1866 leads the reader on a remarkable journey through the social, cultural and political history of the people of the German nation.'
The European Studies Journal, Volume IX, Number 1, Spring 1992
'Every historian worth his salt should strive to produce such a book. Its length is its most immediately striking characteristic: 969 pages.'
Panikos Panayi, History Today
Part One: Eighteenth-Century Background
1: Eighteenth-Century Politics
2: Eighteenth-Century Society
3: Eighteenth-Century Culture
Part Two: Germans and the French Revolution, 1789-1815: Confrontation and Defeat
4: Mastering the Revolution
5: Culture in the Revolutionary Era
Part Three: The Limits of Restoration, 1815-1848
6: Restoration Politics, 1815-1830
7: Growth and Stagnation in German Society
8: The Cultural Establishments and its Critics
9: The Growth of Participatory Politics, 1830-1838
Part Four: Towards a New Order, 1848-1866: Revoltion and Reaction
10: Society in the Age of the Bürgertum
11: Political Opportunities and Alternatives
Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe
Number Of Pages: 986
Published: 28th October 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 1.32