Progress, Participation and Apprehension
By (author) Jonathan Sperber
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Europe 1850-1914 by Jonathan Sperber
Book DescriptionThis innovative survey of European history from the middle of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War tells the story of an era of outward tranquillity that was also a period of economic growth, social transformation, political contention and scientific, and artistic innovation. During these years, the foundations of our present urban-industrial society were laid, the five Great Powers vied in peaceful and violent fashion for dominance in Europe and throughout the world, and the darker forces that were to dominate the twentieth century - violent nationalism, totalitarianism, racism, ethnic cleansing - began to make themselves felt. Jonathan Sperber sets out developments in this period across the entire European continent, from the Atlantic to the Urals, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. To help students of European history grasp the main dynamics of the period, he divides the book into three overlapping sections covering the periods from 1850-75, 1871-95 and 1890-1914. In each period he identifies developments and tendencies that were common in varying degrees to the whole of Europe, while also pointing the unique qualities of specific regions and individual countries. Throughout, his argument is supported by illustrative material: tables, charts, case studies and other explanatory features, and there is a detailed bibliography to help students to explore further in those areas that interest them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405801348
(241mm x 171mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jonathan Sperber
Karl Marx, Paperback (April 2014)
"Absorbing, meticulously researched... [Sperber] succeeds in the primary task of all biography, re-creating a man who leaps off the page." -Jonathan Freedland, New York Times Book Review
Kaiser's Voters, Paperback (November 2005)
An analysis of the voting patterns and behaviour in the thirteen general elections held in pre-1914 Germany.
Property and Civil Society in South-Western Germany 1820-1914, Hardback (September 2005)» View all books by Jonathan Sperber
A study of the uses of property in south-western Germany from 1820 to 1914. Based on documentation from civil court records, this book provides fresh insights into the nature of civil society, forms of social conflict, and the application of the law to everyday life.
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Author Biography - Jonathan Sperber
Jonathan Sperber is Curators' Professor of History at the University of Missouri. His many publications include the prize-winning Popular Catholicism in Nineteenth Century Germany (1984) and The Kaiser's Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany (1997) and definitive textbooks such as The European Revolutions, 1848-1851 (2nd. ed., 2004) and Revolutionary Europe 1780-1850, the predecessor to this volume.
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