The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918

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In the late eighteenth century, German-speaking Europe was a patchwork of principalities and lordships. Most people lived in the countryside, and just half survived until their late twenties. By the beginning of our own century, unified Germany was the most powerful state in Europe. No longer a provincial "land of poets and thinkers," the country had been transformed into an industrial and military giant with an advanced welfare system. The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918, is a masterful ...
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In the late eighteenth century, German-speaking Europe was a patchwork of principalities and lordships. Most people lived in the countryside, and just half survived until their late twenties. By the beginning of our own century, unified Germany was the most powerful state in Europe. No longer a provincial "land of poets and thinkers," the country had been transformed into an industrial and military giant with an advanced welfare system. The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918, is a masterful account of this transformation. Spanning 150 years, from the eve of the French Revolution to the end of World War I, it introduces students to crucial areas of German social and cultural history - demography and social structure, work and leisure, education and religion - while providing a comprehensive account of political events. The text explains how Germany came to be unified, and the consequences of that unification. It describes the growing role of the state and new ways in which rulers asserted their authority, but questions cliches about German "obedience." It also looks at the ways in which the factory, the railway, and the movement into towns created new social relations and altered perceptions of time and place. Drawing on a generation of work devoted to migration, housing, crime, medicine, and popular culture, Blackbourn offers a powerful and original account of a changing society, trying to do justice to the experiences of contemporary Germans, both women and men. Informed by the latest scholarship, The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918, provides a complete and up-to-date alternative to conventional political histories of this period and is essential reading for undergraduates in German history and political science courses.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195076721
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables and Figures
List of Plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
Prologue: Germany in the Late Eighteenth Century 1
Small Worlds 1
Political Fragmentation and the Territorial State 13
The Forces of Social and Cultural Change 16
Pt. 1 The Age of Revolutions, 1789-1848 45
Ch. 1 In the Shadow of France 47
The French Revolution in Germany 47
The Impact of War 57
Reform from Above 70
Ch. 2 Germany in Transition 91
Rulers, States, Identities 91
A Changing Society 106
The Development of Political Life 120
Ch. 3 The Revolutions of 1848-9 138
From Spring to Autumn 138
Counter-Revolution and 'Second Revolution' 150
The Causes of Failure 164
Pt. 2 The Age of Progress, 1849-80 175
Ch. 4 Economy and Society Transformed 177
Industrialization 177
Emigration, Migration, Urbanization 191
A New Class Structure 207
Ch. 5 From Reaction to Unification 225
The Age of Reaction and the New Era 225
The Making of a United Germany 243
Division and Consolidation 259
Ch. 6 Progress and its Discontents 270
The Culture of Progress 270
Religion 283
Doubts and Anxieties 302
Pt. 3 The Age of Modernity, 1880-1914 311
Ch. 7 'Made in Germany': A New Economic Order 313
Agriculture, Industry, Small Business 313
Germany and the International Economy 330
Organized Interests, Politics and the State 337
Ch. 8 Society and Culture 351
For Better, For Worse 351
Order and Discipline 370
Culture and Revolt 385
Ch. 9 The Old Politics and the New 400
Elites, Parties and Popular Politics 400
Nationalism, Imperialism, Racism 424
Germany and the Coming of War 441
Epilogue: Germany at War, 1914-18 461
Front and Home Front 461
War Aims and Domestic Politics 478
Revolution and Beyond 489
Notes 499
Select Bibliography of English-Language Works 527
Index 549
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