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1848: Year of Revolution (Paperback)

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"A fully nuanced portrait of a tumultuous year." --Wall Street Journal

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.

About the Author

Mike Rapport is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling, where he is also Director of the Masters program in Revolution and Counter-Revolution. He is the author of Nationality and Citizenship in Revolutionary France and Nineteenth Century Europe. He lives in Scotland.

Praise For…

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

"Absorbing.... Rapport
writes with vigor and has a good ear for memorable details.... Anyone wishing a vivid account of a crucial period
in European history can spend many hours engrossed in this book." Seattle Times

"As a guide to who the
revolutionaries were and what they wanted, Rapport is impeccable."—Literary Review (London)

and sensitively chronicled, this is a pacy, learned history that makes sense of
an extraordinary year."—Observer (London)

"Rapport's vivid tour
d'horizon reminds us of the dramatic birth-pangs associated with the arrival of absorbing account of a phenomenon that seeded two world wars."—Independent (London)

"Mike Rapport picks a judicious and vividly presented path through
a complex year and skilfully juggles political thought and popular experience."—The Daily Telegraph (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780465020676
ISBN-10: 0465020674
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 496
Language: English