Revolutionary Spring

Revolutionary Spring Fighting for a New World, 1848-1849

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Publisher's Synopsis

'One of the best history books you will read this decade' History Today

'Fascinating, suspenseful, revelatory, alive' The Times


There can be few more exciting or frightening moments in European history than the spring of 1848. 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 emancipation of the Jews all became live issues.

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141988313
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.284
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 2366
Number of pages: 896
Weight: 612g
Height: 200mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 35mm