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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Everything I need to know about 1848 is in here

    I like European history and didn't know much at all about 1848, other than that there were some revolutions then. Now I can claim to be an expert on 1848 since this book has EVERYTHING you need to know about that year; it's a very detailed history of those events. Not for a quick "give me a 30,000-foot overview of 1848", and it's not a quick read, but if history is your thing, this book is an extremely well written and detailed history of 1848.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    A keeper

    A well written and fast paced study of a seminal year in 19th century European history. The book is well organized chronologically and the first part of the book sets the stage nicely for the the events of the years 1848-49. Anyone interested in this period will enjoy the book. I only keep about 10% of the books I purchase and read- the others resold, given away or recycled- and this book made it to the shelves in my library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    A thorough study of revolution versus authority

    As a history instructor, I found Rapport's study of the revolutions of 1848 an instrumental study in understanding this period in European history which, in most cases, is overshadowed by the era of Napoleon at one end and the rise of the modern European empires post-1848. Rapport's thesis that these revolutions were "imcomplete" and that the forces of revolution were destined to fail due to their lack of cohesion and single-mindedness of purpose is critical in order to fully grasp the failures of revolution on one hand the success of authority on the other. Witnessing the birth of a united Germany and Italy out of the ashes of revolution marks 1848 as no less imnportant as 1776 or 1789. A much needed text which grapples an interesting and at times, confusing year in the history of not only Euopre, but the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    Easy to read and indirect hints for future research.

    I've read 300 pages so far and I am enjoying it...if the conservative counter-revolution's slaughter of radical/communist/socialists is enjoyable. But I mean at least the radicals were trying to better things even if the liberals were deeply troubled that their landed estates would be given to the peasants. I did not fully understand the Nationality Question, how it pitted the Poles against the Ukranians against the Hungarians against the Germans against the Austrians against the Croats, etc. And then there is Transylvania. A separate list of books consulted and for future use would have been useful. Thank you.

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