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1848 by Mike Rapport
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Jul 11, 14

bookshelves: history, to-finish-later

Back in 2007 I read Freedom & Necessity by Steven Brust and Emma Bull; although I highly enjoyed it (really, it's a great book--China Miéville even says so!), I missed out on the historical context: "It is 1849. Across Europe, the high tide of revolution has crested..." Revolution? Europe? Chartists? My knowledge of European history was (and still is) extremely poor, but I shrugged and kept reading. Four years later, with F&N on my to-reread shelf, I'm reminded again of my ignorance--but this time I've decided to do something about it. Rapport seems like a good place to start.

Update: Or not. I'm not really getting anywhere with this, so I'm going to set it aside for now. It's very well researched, very detailed, and a bit hard to follow--my fault, of course; it was probably a mistake to jump into such an important period in European history without some context. I don't feel I know enough about Europe prior to 1848, so I've decided to jump back a few more decades, read up on Napoleon and his influence and legacy, and come back to this once I feel a bit more knowledgeable.
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03/20/2014 marked as: paused
03/20/2014 marked as: unfinished
07/11/2014 marked as: to-finish-later

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message 1: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revoluti... (yes I am quoting Wiki) Goodness, I had no idea, other than the French stuff of course. Wow.

message 2: by Jacob (new) - added it

Jacob Hey, nothing wrong with Wikipedia. That's where I got my reading list.

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