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28 Oct 1991 0582061067 978-0582061064 2
In 1848 revolutions broke out all over Europe - in France, the Habsburg and German lands and the Italian peninsular. This Seminar Study considers why the revolutions occurred and why they were so widespread. The book offers a broad ranging investigation of the social, economic and political circumstances which led to the revolutions of 1848 as well as an account of the revolutions themselves. First published in 1981, and fully revised in 1991, the study has long established itself as one of the most accessible and valuable introductions to this complex subject.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative book with trivial flaws 31 Jan 2002
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The 1848 Revolutions, written by Peter Jones, is part of a large series of books collectively entitled "Seminar Studies in History." The 1848 Revolutions, Second Edition, was first published in 1991 by the Longman Group UK Limited; this book focuses on a number of revolutions that took place in Europe in 1848, with France at the epicenter of the disturbance. The book explores the course of the revolutions in four primary regions during this time: France, the Habsburg lands, the German lands, and the Italian peninsula, as well as the causes of those revolutions. This book is a very comprehensive study of the revolutions of 1848, and the author effectively presents and analyzes information derived from primary sources and statistics from the time period in question. As such, The 1848 Revolutions is an excellent reference book for the individuals, events, and causes of the Europe-wide revolutions of 1848, though insignificant flaws do exist in the writing.
In this book, Peter Jones describes and intensely studies the revolutions that occurred in France, the Habsburg lands, the German lands, and the Italian peninsula during the year 1848. Jones scrutinizes the underlying as well as specific reasons why the revolutions took place, in addition to examining the reasons for the spread of these revolutions. Jones focuses on the political, social, and economic conditions that instigated the revolutionary changes of 1848. Specially, he considers the role of the middle class, the development of the idea of liberal governments, the rise of nationalism all across Europe, the Industrial Revolution, the transformation of Europe's predominately agrarian society, the booming population growth, and the breakdown of traditional political control in various parts of Europe, all of which contributed in no small part to an riotous atmosphere that would eventually culminate in the widespread revolutions of 1848. After establishing the background for these revolutions, Jones goes on to describe in great detail the individuals and events that were important in each revolution in the various regions of Europe. Finally, the author presents a number of primary documents and data that serve to illustrate the reasons for the occurrence and rapid spread of the revolutions.
Peter Jones's major thesis regarding the revolutions of 1848 was that the social, political, and economic conditions of the decade of the 1840s, brought on by the Industrial Revolution and new ideas concerning the function and structure of government, provided the foundation for the extensive revolutions that took place in Europe and were responsible for the rapid proliferation of the revolutions. The author was extremely persuasive in his reasoning, and it is difficult to find fault in his logic. Jones takes the omniscient point of view of an outside observer looking in on the events he describes; he directs this book toward an everyday audience that may or may not be familiar with the intricacies of mid-19th century Europe. In the writing of the book, it is obvious that the author utilized a large number of sources in his extensive research. Jones lists 177 books and articles in his bibliography, seven of which are primary documents. The origin of these sources range from France, Germany, and the Habsburg Empire to Italy and Poland.
There is no evident bias in Jones's writing, as his status as a historian of British origin would provide no visible source of bias. The opportunity for error in his writing is vastly diminished by his use of an enormous number of sources. One of the greatest strengths of the book is the existence of the documents at the end, which provide a solid foundation for the author's descriptions and findings. One minor flaw in Jones's writing, however, is the quality of his sentence structure and grammar. Oftentimes, he utilizes very short, choppy sentences that hinder the overall quality of his work. The book would therefore greatly benefit from a revision of the author's sentence structure. Additionally, the author frequently uses the demonstrative pronoun "this" without an expressed object, thereby confusing the reader. Overall, however, the reader is able to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding the people, events, and causation of the revolutions of 1848.
Peter Jones's The 1848 Revolutions presents an informative survey of the revolutions that took place all over Europe, specifically in France, the German states, the Italian peninsula, and the Habsburg lands, in the year 1848. The author successfully utilizes a number of primary sources as well as data from the decades leading up to the events of the pivotal year. Consequently, even though trivial imperfections do exist in the writing, The 1848 Revolutions is an exceptional book of reference regarding the revolutions of 1848 for anyone who wishes to learn more about such a topic of historical significance for Europe and the rest of the world.
4.0 out of 5 stars What we Can Learn From History 17 Nov 2012
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1848 was an extraordinary year. Although there were hints that trouble was brewing, in this year it exploded and the nations of France, The Habsburg Lands, The German Lands and the Italian peninsula were never again the same. This book came to mind as we watched the so-called Arab Spring, involving Egypt, Morocco, Libya and perhaps Syria.

I found the analysis of the Revolutions very clear and simple. The book starts with the incidents of a breaking revolution. Rather like today, there has been tremendous technological and social change echoing the changes of 1848. Then there is a case by case study of the main actors. From the specific nation, the author moves to the generalities of the meaning of the revolutions and an assessment of their effects. Finally, as with any reputable work, there is a chronology of events, a glossary, a bibliography and an index.

This template of a revolution that took place 250 years ago provides a useful assessment for what we have seen in the Arab countries quite recently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very educational book..nice help 4 Jun 2000
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I had a project on the revolutions and this book got me an A. As pleased as I am with this book, the format could use some work but the index was very useful.
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