German History, 1770-1866

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This volume in the Oxford History of Modern Europe is a comprehensive study of German history from 1770 to 1866. It examines the manner in which the development of bureaucratic and participatory institutions changed the character and capacities of governments throughout German Europe; the economic expansion in which the productivity of both agriculture and manufacturing increased, commercial activity intensified, and urban growth was encouraged; and the rising culture of print, which sustained new developments in literature, philosophy, and scholarship, and helped transform the rules and procedures of everyday life. These developments, it is argued, led to an erosion of the traditional values and institutions, and played an important part in the transformation of German politics, society, and culture. Rather than viewing the development of a Prussian-led Nation State as "natural" or inevitable, the book emphasizes alternative forces of unity and division which existed up until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
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"An impressive, powerfully argued book...As the Germans forge their new polity and the discussion of German national identity enters a new phase, those who seek to understand that process and the diverse trends and experiences that have shaped it over the past two centuries will find no better guide than James Sheehan's wise and masterly book."--The New York Times Book Review

"Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization."--American Historical Review

"An outstanding piece of historical literature that may well remain the standard volume in the English language on this period of German history for several decades."--The Historian

"The only study in English to cover German history from 1770 to 1866....The dustcover calls it 'uniquely authoritative and indispensable.' And for once the dustcover does not overstate. All who teach university courses in German history should keep it close at hand for consultation when covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."--History: Reviews of New Books

"[An] important contribution....Will certainly become the standard account of German history from the end of the eighteenth century...until the Prussian victory over Austria at Königgrätz in 1866."--New York Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198221203
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/17/1990
  • Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe Series
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 2.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Eighteenth-Century Background
1. Eighteenth-Century Politics
2. Eighteenth-Century Society
3. Eighteenth-Century Culture
Part Two: Germans and the French Revolution, 1789-1815: Confrontation and Defeat
4. Mastering the Revolution
5. Culture in the Revolutionary Era
Part Three: The Limits of Restoration, 1815-1848
6. Restoration Politics, 1815-1830
7. Growth and Stagnation in German Society
8. The Cultural Establishments and its Critics
9. The Growth of Participatory Politics, 1830-1838
Part Four: Towards a New Order, 1848-1866: Revoltion and Reaction
10. Society in the Age of the Bürgertum
11. Political Opportunities and Alternatives Conclusion

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