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I approached this book with considerable enthusiasm hoping for a definitive account of the series of revolutions that took place in Europe in and around 1848 as well as of the reasons for and events leading up to them. I was, however, sorely disappointed for several reasons.
First among them was the overall balance of the book. The opening descriptions of the French and Industrial Revolutions are interesting and relevant as is the discussion on the resultant developments in European society. Yet, the events of the years around 1848 merit a mere handful of pages. In contrast, four chapters - more than a quarter of the book - are devoted to the ideology of the times and to artistic… Read more