Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914 / Edition 3

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This is a comprehensive survey of European history from the coup d'etat of Napoleon Bonaparte in France to the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand at Sarajevo, which led to the First World War. It concentrates on the twin themes of revolution and nationalism, which often combined in the early part of the century but which increasingly became rival creeds. Going beyond traditional political and diplomatic history, the book incorporates the results of recent research on population movements, the expansion of markets, the accumulation of capital, social mobility, education, changing patterns of leisure, religious practices, and intellectual and artistic developments.
The work falls into three chronological sections. The first, starting in 1800 (rather than the more usual 1815) follows the build-up of the revolutionary currents which were eventually going to erupt in the 'Year of Revolutions' 1848. The second, from 1850 to 1880, deals with the golden age of capitalism, the successful culmination of struggles for national unification, and the threat of anarchism. The concluding chapters look at the social and political stresses caused by socialism and national minorities, at new attempts by government to order society, imperial rivalry, and the descent into a war which was to mark the end of nineteenth-century Europe.
For this third edition, Dr Gildea has substantially revised the text and maps, and completely updated the bibliography. New introductory sections guide the reader through the wealth of material in each chapter. The new edition also includes a full chronology of the period, a list of leading state ministers, and family trees for all the major dynasties.

Survey's Europe's turbulent history from the coup d'etat of Bonaparte to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A brilliant blend of synthesis and original insight"--T.C.W. Blanning

"[The book] includes an impressive amount of detailed information, a good deal of it not to be found in its more obvious competitors'"--Times Literary Supplement

"Gildea's book has some fine passages... and much material vividly illustrating his points."--English Historical Review

"A formidable achievement ...the coverage is succinct and clear...the detailed treatment of particular themes is as satisfactory as the general arrangement of the work...the overwhelming impression is of a subtle intelligence at work and the result is an excellent and comprehensive study."--The Times Higher Education Supplement

"...Gildea is to be congratulated for undertaking such a public service, and for carrying it out with considerable aplomb."--Catholic Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199253005
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/24/2003
  • Series: Short Oxford History of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern French History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Part I: Europe 1800-1850
1. The Quickening Pace
2. Napoleonic Europe
3. Metternich's Europe
4. The Revolutions of 1848
5. Hierarchies of Culture
Part II: Europe 1850-1880
6. Mid-Century Prosperity
7. Nationalism and Unification
8. Revolution Contained
9. Mid-Century Culture
Part III: Europe 1880-1914
10. The Struggle for Economic Supremacy
11. Problems of National Integration
12. The Race for Empire
13. The Management of Society
14. Culture at the Turn of the Century
15. The Break-Up of Nineteenth-Century Europe
Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Somehow, the writer made this fascinating period sound boring! I threw the book away after reading and flipping through the first 100 pages. get the Merriman book!

    Somehow, the writer made this fascinating period sound boring! I threw the book away after reading and flipping through the first 100 pages. get the Merriman book!

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