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The Nineteenth Century: Europe 1789-1914 (Short Oxford History of Europe) Paperback – 25 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198731353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198731351
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.8 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Europe underwent colossal political, economic and social change in the long century between the fall of the Bastille in 1789 and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, and this volume in the Short Oxford History of Europe provides an expert and entertaining overview of the principal developments. This is sonic-boom history, with Professor Blanning and his team placing a firm emphasis on the modernising and global transformations at work, although there are important reminders along the way of the persistence of monarchy and the established Church. And for a change, here Europe manifestly includes Britain, which makes for a thoughtful perspective on all manner of comparisons and contrasts. Particularly enjoyable are Niall Ferguson's survey of economic change, spiced with sideline commentary from Dickens and Wagner, and Tony Hopkins' sweep through the history of European imperialism. Readers may find some of the chapters too absorbed with historiography, rather than history, and perhaps everyone pays too much attention to Blanning's dictum that the 19th was the "German century". One wonders what a group of Mediterranean or Eastern European scholars would have made of such a topic. But for a readable history written by specialists The Nineteenth Century is hard to beat. --Miles Taylor

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...this volume in the Short Oxford History of Europe provides an expert and entertaining overview of the principal developments...for a readable history written by specialists The Nineteenth Century is hard to beat. (Miles Taylor, King's College London)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Herodotus on 8 Nov. 2009
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You pay your money and you take your choice - but there are many arguments for saying the 'long' 19th century, the period between the French and Russian Revolutions, was the most intense in history. Of course, it may seem that way because it is fairly recent, has left much of itself for study, and is so obviously home to the thinking and tensions that underpinned the 20th century's deadly experiment with totalitarianism. The series of essays edited here by Blanning provide an expert but always readable summary of the ideas, hopes and failures that still resonate in the 21st century - and all in fewer than 250 pages. First Class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nokidding on 26 Jan. 2014
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Ok, don't get me wrong here, the book covers the subject but is also a great cure for insomnia. My tutor picked it to teach us how to skim read and believe me when I say it's a skill worth having, so if you have to buy this book, look around for a second hand copy, you'll find lots of them. I can't imagine anyone wanting to hang on to it unless it's to burn it!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A good overview with maps, chronology and reading tips 30 Jun. 2001
By M. Mcfarland - Published on Amazon.com
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The book begins in 1789 and ends in 1914, taking the theme that the nineteenth century was about peace and development - not about war. It starts with revolution in 1789 and ends with the disastrous events of August 1914....a revolution since it made the United States a global power and shaped the Twentieth Century. In the middle there is peace...well, relative peace.
The Nineteenth Century is split into six sections - domestic politics, culture, society, economics, international politics and imperialism - and attempts to be an overview that will appeal to everyone. I found the sections on imperialism, politics & economics the most interesting ... although the most readable sections of the book are the intro and finale written by the editor.
The book contains a really great chronology of the main events during the period. The biblio leaves the reader with plenty of follow up leads. And the publishers also provide pretty detailed maps of Europe and the world at various points along the way.
Faults-wise, there are a few. One, it's not really a blow-by-blow account of the main events. It's more of a big picture or thematic overview and the reader may be susceptible to attention fatigue unless gripped by a need to know. Two, you don't really go away with a real sense of what happened to the world, because of what occurred in 19th century Europe. The linkeages are left for you to fill. Fair enough, but one chapter wouldn't have hurt.
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A Worthy Collection of Worthy Essays by Worthy Historians 5 Oct. 2003
By C Whitehead - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent thematic approach to the social, economic, and political processes of the nineteenth century. Essential for the student of modern European history, especially for those interested in the origins of the First World War--an excellent chapter on "International Politics, Peace, and War" by Paul Schroeder.
Particularly good in emphasizing that the world did not start in 1945; in order to understand the 20th century we must understand the 19th.
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Compilation of events in 19th century 29 Mar. 2005
By Holff - Published on Amazon.com
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Survey of the 19th Century events in Europe beginning with the French Revolution/Napoleonic Era and ending with the advent of World War I written form different points of view. Many of the aspects effecting the growth and development of the nations is introduced. Blanning's contribution is a good introduction to the 19th Century that should be complimented with a more comprehensive composition.
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