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The European Revolutions, 1848 1851 (New Approaches to European History #2)

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Jonathan Sperber has updated and expanded his study of the European Revolutions between 1848-1851 in this second edition. Emphasizing the socioeconomic background to the revolutions, and the diversity of political opinions and experiences of participants, Sperber offers an inclusive narrative of the revolutionary events and a structural analysis of the reasons for the revo ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 28th 1994)
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Anthony Zupancic
Sperber suggests we should learn about the 1848 revolutions because they were the only major political movement of the 19th century and he may be right. The mass political uprisings seem anachronistic for the middle of the 19th century. Plagued by the lessons they learned from 1789, they provided the lessons necessary for late 19th century movements successful in Italy and Germany. Sperber paints a compelling, structuralist picture of 19th century Europe and its problem. He eschews romantic port ...more
Rachel Pollock
This book was what i needed it to be--a basic and contemporary overview/analysis of the European revolutions of the mid-19th century. Good, solid info, academic but not obfuscatively dense in the verbiage, lots of great endnotes if you (like I) want to chase down some further reading on specifics.
As a textbook, this is quite deliberately and unashamedly didactic. However, like all good teachers, Sperber credits the reader with some intelligence, and takes him or her along for a very interesting ride, with some great wry asides.

The social positioning of the Revolutions is excellent, and Sperber manages to cover very well the differing national responses - including the extraordinary intricacies within the sprawling Empire of the Hapsburgs.

Well worth it.
fascinating introduction to a moment in history of which I had little conception, beyond its difficulty and complexity. the writing is clear and arguments sound; Sperber's work is very well researched. I was inspired to study the revolutions upon hearing the Arab Spring compared to it. Even if considered a failure, both 1848 and Arab Spring accomplished something, even if not its intended goals.
J.M. Hushour
For all you "Forty-Eight Feemers" out there, look not further than this succinct and adorable text. The sloppy maps (wall-eyed cartographers should be banned from the sport) and dreary vampire throat target cover color aside, everything and anything you might possibly want to know about 1848 is here.
Shane Avery
Excellent overview, not only of the Revolutions, but also of the socioeconomic structure of the first half of the century. Really quite good.
This is an excellent and very readable history of a complex period, and one that is all the more relevant in the wake of the Arab Spring.
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