Europe in 1848: Revolution and Reform

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The events of 1989/90 in Europe demonstrated the renewed relevance of the mid-nineteenth century uprisings: both by showing, once again, how a revolutionary initiative could quickly spread through different European countries, but also by calling into question the nature of revolution and the criteria for a revolution's success and failure. To commemorate the 1848 revolution in a spirit of renewed critical inquiry, an international team of prominent historians have come together to produce what must be the most ...

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Overview

The events of 1989/90 in Europe demonstrated the renewed relevance of the mid-nineteenth century uprisings: both by showing, once again, how a revolutionary initiative could quickly spread through different European countries, but also by calling into question the nature of revolution and the criteria for a revolution's success and failure. To commemorate the 1848 revolution in a spirit of renewed critical inquiry, an international team of prominent historians have come together to produce what must be the most comprehensive work on this topic to date and to offer a synthesis that sums up the current state of scholarly research, emphasizing the many new interpretations that have developed over several decades.

Dieter Dowe is Director of the Institute of the Historical Research of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Bonn. Heinz-Gerhard Haupt is Professor of History at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle. Jonathan Sperber is Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571811646
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 976
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-Language Edition
Ch. 1 The European Revolution of 1848: Its Political and Social Reforms, its Politics of Nationalism, and its Short- and Long-Term Consequences 1
Ch. 2 "The Holy Struggle Against Anarchy": The Development of Counter-revolution in 1848 25
Ch. 3 Approaching Europe in the Name of the Nation: The Italian Revolution, 1846-1849 59
Ch. 4 The Revolutionary Crisis of 1848-1851 in France: Origins and Course of Events 91
Ch. 5 Revolution in Germany: Constitutional State - Nation State - Social Reform 120
Ch. 6 Revolutions in the Habsburg Monarchy 145
Ch. 7 The Polish Nation in the Revolution of 1846-49 170
Ch. 8 The Revolution of 1848 in Moldavia and Wallachia 186
Ch. 9 Switzerland 1847/49: A Provisional, Successful End of a "Democratic Revolution?" 210
Ch. 10 The Waterloo of Peace and Order: The United Kingdom and the Revolutions of 1848 242
Ch. 11 The Netherlands and Belgium: Notes on the Causes of Abstinence from Revolution 259
Ch. 12 Denmark 1848: The Victory of Democracy and the Shattering of the Conglomerate State 289
Ch. 13 The Revolution of 1848 on the Norwegian Scene 313
Ch. 14 Sweden 1848 - On the Road to the "Middle Way" 325
Ch. 15 The European Capital Cities in the Revolution of 1848 341
Ch. 16 The Revolution as Urban Event: Hamburg and Lyon during the Revolutions of 1848-49 371
Ch. 17 Political Quiet Zones 401
Ch. 18 Rural Revolutionary Movements: Germany, France, Italy 416
Ch. 19 The Agrarian Question in Southeastern Europe during the Revolution of 1848/49 443
Ch. 20 Structures of Parliamentary Representation in the Revolutions of 1848 475
Ch. 21 To Survive the Revolution or to Anticipate It? Governmental Strategies in the Course of the Crisis of 1848 507
Ch. 22 Party Formation in Germany: Political Associations in the Revolution of 1848 529
Ch. 23 Organization and "Modernization" in the Revolutions of 1848 559
Ch. 24 Power and Impotence of the Press in 1848: France and Germany in Comparison 585
Ch. 25 Bourgeoisie, Petit Bourgeoisie, Workers: Class Formation and Social Reform in Germany and France 619
Ch. 26 Women's Spaces in the Men's Revolution of 1848 639
Ch. 27 Civic Guards in the European Revolutions of 1848 683
Ch. 28 The Role of the Military in the European Revolutions of 1848 694
Ch. 29 Churches, the Faithful, and the Politics of Religion in the Revolution of 1848 708
Ch. 30 Educational Reform as Social Reform: The Revolution of 1848 as a Turning-Point in the History of Education 731
Ch. 31 Progress and its Limits: The Revolution of 1848 and European Jewry 749
Ch. 32 Public Meeting Democracy in 1848 767
Ch. 33 The Revolution of 1848 as "Politics of the Streets" 779
Ch. 34 Revolutionary Festivals in Germany and Italy 799
Ch. 35 "Speaking is a Deed for You." Words and Action in the Revolution of 1848 830
Ch. 36 On the Loose: The Impact of Rumors and Mouchards in the Ardeche during the Second Republic 869
Ch. 37 On the Tradition of 1848 in Socialism 891
Ch. 38 1848 in European Collective Memory 916
Select Bibliography 938
List of Illustrations 953
List of Contributors 956
Index 963
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