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1848: Year of Revolution (Hardcover)

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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 1815but 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.

About the Author

Mike Rapport is a Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling and the author of Nationality and Citizenship in Revolutionary France and Nineteenth-Century Europe. He lives in Stirling, Scotland.

Praise For…

Wall Street Journal
“A fully nuanced portrait of a tumultuous year.”

New York Times
“A lively, panoramic new history… a good yarn, with a keen eye for ground-level details.”

Seattle Times
“Absorbing…anyone wishing a vivid account of a crucial period in European history can spend many hours engrossed in this book."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780465014361
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2009
Pages: 496