1848, Year of Revolution

1848, Year of Revolution

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In 1848, a violent storm of revolutions ripped through Europe. The torrent all but swept away the conservative order that had kept peace on the continent since Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in 1815--but which in many countries had also suppressed dreams of national freedom. Political events so dramatic had not been seen in Europe since the French Revolution, and they would not be witnessed again until 1989, with the revolutions in Eastern and Central Europe.

In 1848 , historian Mike Rapport examines the roots of the ferment and then, with breathtaking pace, chronicles the explosive spread of violence across Europe. A vivid narrative of a complex chain of interconnected revolutions, 1848 tells the exhilarating story of Europe's violent "Spring of Nations" and traces its reverberations to the present day.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780465014361
Branch Call Number: 940.28 RAPPORT
Characteristics: xii, 461 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.


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dboy1523 Dec 15, 2011

I ent into reading this book for two reasons:1) to get a better sense of a turning point in Western marxist thought, and 2) being a descendant of '48ers, an appreciation their possible motives for emigrating to the U.S.
That said, I found in a credible and comprehensive chronology of that year, At times, it does get tedious, but given the multiple uprisings and the mess that was the Hapsburg empire, it was something I was willing to put up with.
What I especially found intriguing that at Marxism's birth, it appears thattheses revolutions already showed more holes in Marx's ideas

May 12, 2011

Fabulous historical period, but the writing is tedious.


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