1848, Year of Revolution

1848, Year of Revolution

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the roots of the revolutions that spread across Europe in 1848, from Paris and Milan to Krakow and Munich, and reveals how their legacy continues to shape the modern world.

Perseus Publishing
A stunning narrative of the year 1848, when Europe burst aflame with revolution

In 1848, a violent storm of revolutions ripped through Europe. The torrent all but swept away the conservative order that had kept peace on the continent since Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815?but which in many countries had also suppressed dreams of national freedom. Political events so dramatic had not been seen in Europe since the French Revolution, and they would not be witnessed again until 1989, with the revolutions in Eastern and Central Europe.

In 1848, historian Mike Rapport examines the roots of the ferment and then, with breathtaking pace, chronicles the explosive spread of violence across Europe. A vivid narrative of a complex chain of interconnected revolutions, 1848 tells the exhilarating story of Europe’s violent ?Spring of Nations” and traces its reverberations to the present day.

Book News
Rapport (history, U. of Stirling, Scotland) Europe is noted for its French Revolution of 1789, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and the revolutions that took place in central and eastern Europe in 1989. But the year 1848, as revolutionary and tumultuous as it was, has received relatively little attention. Rapport corrects that deficiency with a broad view of the year that brought the overthrow of conservative governance in Paris, Milan, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Munich and other major European cities. The author writes clearly and provides interesting and revealing detail regarding this era of intense nationalism and ideology. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780465014361
Branch Call Number: 940.28 RAP
Characteristics: xii, 461 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. , map ; 25 cm


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dboy1523 Dec 15, 2011

I ent into reading this book for two reasons:1) to get a better sense of a turning point in Western marxist thought, and 2) being a descendant of '48ers, an appreciation their possible motives for emigrating to the U.S.
That said, I found in a credible and comprehensive chronology of that year, At times, it does get tedious, but given the multiple uprisings and the mess that was the Hapsburg empire, it was something I was willing to put up with.
What I especially found intriguing that at Marxism's birth, it appears thattheses revolutions already showed more holes in Marx's ideas

May 12, 2011

Fabulous historical period, but the writing is tedious.


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