"The nature of the writing is impressive, and any library owning this volume, and other Blackwell Companions
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"The volume includes a wealth of interesting and useful information. It provides a clear and concise introduction to many important topics in the history of nineteenth–century Europe. The helpful bibliographic essays at the close of each chapter and the comprehensive bibliography at the end of the book should provide students with additional resources as they pursue their research." (H–Net Reviews)
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From the Back Cover
provides an overview of European history during the long nineteenth century, from 1789 to 1914. Consisting of 32 chapters written by leading international scholars, it balances coverage of political, diplomatic, and international history with discussion of economic, social, and cultural concerns. The volume is divided into six parts, exploring the idea of Europeanness and the construction of European identity; the transition from an agricultural society to one based on industrial production and international trade; political developments, including the age of revolution, labor movements, and the role of state and nation; intellectual history, for example the new ideologies of liberalism and socialism; themes in cultural history, such as literacy, science, policing, and sexuality; and the development of the international system of great powers, and the related questions of war, empire, and colonialism.
Throughout, the contributors cover both Eastern and Western European states, including Britain, and pay considerable attention to smaller countries as well as to the great powers. They also explicitly compare particular phenomena and developments across Europe as a whole.