This series provides concise analysis of complex issues and problems in important A-level Modern History topics. Using supporting documents, the books give students a clear account of historical facts and an understanding of the central themes and differing interpretations. The second edition of this volume seeks to explain why the 1848 revolutions were so widespread, why they failed and what their longer-term implications were. The approach attempts to show how the processes of economic and social change led people of different social groups to seek and support new and diverse political programmes. Thus, an already inherently weak existing order collapsed in the face of the twin crises of food shortages and industrial depression. The book then demonstrates how the revolutions themselves were undermined by divisions among the revolutionaries and how the old order was able to recover and stage a counter-revolution. Finally, despite their failure the author discusses how the revolutions helped to make way for the transformation of Europe into nation states.
Part 1 The background: the outbreak of revolution. Part 2 The European transformation: the impact of industrialization on the working classes; the impact of industrialization on the middle classes; population pressure and the condition of agricultural society; the breakdown of traditional political control; the crisis of the 1840s. Part 3 1848 - the year of revolution: France; the Habsburg Lands; the German Lands; the Italian peninsula. Part 4 Assessments and consequences. Part 5 Documents.
Series: Seminar Studies in History
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 28th October 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition