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Revolutionary Spring

Fighting for a New World 1848-1849

Christopher Clark



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Allen Lane
01 August 2023
An exhilarating reappraisal of one of the most dramatic years in European history

'People embraced each other, shook hands, joy radiated from every eye, there was no limit to the celebrations . . .'

There can be few more exciting or frightening moments in European history than the spring of 1848. Almost as if by magic, in city after city, from Palermo to Paris to Venice, huge crowds gathered, sometimes peaceful and sometimes violent, and the political order that had held sway since the defeat of Napoleon simply collapsed.

Christopher Clark's spectacular new book recreates with verve, wit and insight this extraordinary period. Some rulers gave up at once, others fought bitterly, but everywhere new politicians, beliefs and expectations surged forward. The role of women in society, the end of slavery, the right to work, national independence and the final emancipation of the Jews all became live issues.

In a brilliant series of set-pieces, Clark conjures up both this ferment of new ideas and then the increasingly ruthless and effective series of counter-attacks launched by regimes who still turned out to have many cards to play. But even in defeat, exiles spread the ideas of 1848 around the world and - for better and sometimes much worse - a new and very different Europe emerged from the wreckage.

Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 58mm
Weight:   1.440kg
ISBN:   9780241347669
ISBN 10:   0241347661
Pages:   896
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christopher Clark is the Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. He was knighted in 2015. His previous books are The Politics of Conversion, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Iron Kingdom, The Sleepwalkers, Time and Power and Prisoners of Time.

Reviews for Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848-1849

Magnificent, authoritative and deeply-researched... a supreme work of scholarship. -- Simon Heffer * The Telegraph * Fascinating, suspenseful, revelatory, alive. * The Times * Exhilarating, heroic, horrifying and tragic, the events of the mid-19th century in Europe invite a good retelling ... Christopher Clark's new book is, arguably, the best to date ... deeply researched, rich, engaging and though-rovoking. There is now no better place to turn for readers who want to immerse themselves in this period and to reflect on how it resonates today. -- Mike Rapport * Literary Review * An engrossing dissection of a revolutionary year in European society. * The Independent *

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