1848, Year of RevolutionBook - 2009
Traces the roots of the revolutions that spread across Europe in 1848, from Paris and Milan to Krakow and Munich, and reveals how their legacy continues to shape the modern world.
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.
Rapport (history, U. of Stirling, Scotland) Europe is noted for its French Revolution of 1789, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and the revolutions that took place in central and eastern Europe in 1989. But the year 1848, as revolutionary and tumultuous as it was, has received relatively little attention. Rapport corrects that deficiency with a broad view of the year that brought the overthrow of conservative governance in Paris, Milan, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Munich and other major European cities. The author writes clearly and provides interesting and revealing detail regarding this era of intense nationalism and ideology. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)