1848 by Mike Rapport
Year of Revolution

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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 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 Mike Rapport

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Mike Rapport is a lecturer in history at the University of Stirling, where he is also Director of the Masters Program in Revolution and Counter-Revolution. He lives in Scotland.
Published February 3, 2009 by Basic Books. 482 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“The Red Summer” and “The Counter-Revolutionary Autumn,” portray the peak of urban street violence and the rural populations’ emergence in support of the established order, which effectively terminated the revolutionary arc.

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A lively, panoramic history of a year of European revolts ranking alongside the better-known upheavals of 1776 and 1789.

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In the early 19th century, Europe was dominated by a conservative order trying, in differing but largely authoritarian ways, to keep peace after the Napoleonic wars.

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