Axel Korner ed.'s 1848: A European Revolution? PDF

By Axel Korner ed.

ISBN-10: 0333749294

ISBN-13: 9780333749296

The belief of a 'Springtime of ecu Peoples', suggestions of a common republic and the notice for the eu measurement of the progressive occasions had an immense effect at the rules of 1848. They have been mirrored in songs, pamphlets and political statements. despite the fact that, the meanings of 1848 - its histories and stories - swap through the years and based on varied political, local and nationwide contexts. The preliminary idealism was once quickly changed by way of nationalist aggressiveness. In such a lot commemorations, the revolution seemed as a countrywide occasion in the nationwide histories of geographical regions. this angle in simple terms replaced in 1998, at the celebration of its a hundred and fifty years' anniversary, while historians, poiiticains and the general public rediscovered 1848 as a eu revolution, legitimising the rescue of the countryside. 1848: a eu Revolution? analyses the dichotomy among the overseas size in the rules of the revolution and the nationalisation of stories in its commemorations over the last a hundred and fifty years.

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In particular, he was interested in the relationship between the internationalist ideals of the revolutionary movement and its nationalist claims – one of the crucial questions of 1848. ’4 The review of Valentin's work as historian draws our attention to two aspects. First, Valentin's biography exemplifies the political meaning of histories and memories of 1848 during the late Kaiserreich, the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazi Germany. Second, Valentin emphasizes the relationship between the changing concept of nationality as part of the experience of 1848 and the internationalist ideals of the revolutionary movement.

I wish to offer special thanks to Nazneen Razwi and Simon Renton for their help and support during the long process of writing and editing, and to Katie Joice for correcting the English of so many non-native speakers. I am grateful to Martin Swales for encouraging me over a long period of planning, to Martin Daunton, Rick Halpern, Bernhard Rieger and Charlotte Tacke for good ideas, to Jaroslava Kubisova, Diana Gibbins, Helen Matthews and Claire Smith for their organizational assistance, to Aruna Vasudevan for not losing her interest in page_vii Page viii the book, and to Paola, bella compagna, for being so patient with my passion for 1848.

Martin Swales is Professor of German at University College London. He is author of Arthur Schnitzler (Oxford, 1971), The German Novelle (Princeton, NJ, 1977), The German Bildungsroman (Princeton, NJ, 1978), Thomas Mann (London, 1980) and Epochenbuch Realismus (Berlin, 1997). Currently he is working on a study of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. 1 Still considered a standard work,2 it completely changed the historical view of the revolution. Unlike other German historians who looked at 1848 only as a function of the process of German unification, Valentin analysed the making of the revolution within the framework of economic change and social conflict, intellectual critique and the crisis of states.

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