11. Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain

Author: John Merriman
Book: A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present

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Revolutions occur when a critical mass of people come together to make specific demands upon their government. They invariably involve an increase in popular involvement in the political process. One of the central questions concerning 1848, a year in which almost every major European nation faced a revolutionary upsurge, is why England did not have its own revolution despite the existence of social tensions. Two principal reasons account for this fact: first, the success of reformist political…more

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