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The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1850-1890 [Paperback]

Norman Rich

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Oct. 17 1976 039309183X 978-0393091830 New edition
The chief sponsor of national revolutions at the beginning of the period was Napoleon III, who hoped to re-establish French ascendancy in Europe, but he was defeated by the forces of a rising and newly unified power-Germany under Bismarck. As in the first edition, Norman Rich traces the spread of nationalism across the continent. He has, however, greatly amplified his treatment of the social and intellectual consequences of industrialization, with particular emphasis on the changing demography of Europe and cultural trends at all levels of society.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (Oct. 17 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039309183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393091830
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good lightweight intro to the period Nov. 17 2008
By MrSherlockHolmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in the Norton History of Modern Europe which I have read, the first being Felix Gilbert's The End of the European Era (1890 to the Present), which is the last book in the Norton series and is highly recommended.

This book is quite brief at 250 pages; however these pages are filled with very useful information about the period, more so than `scholarly tomes' with obscure references that tend to lose the `casual' student of history in details.

The only complaint I have with this book is the scarcity of maps, something which would be useful in aiding the understanding the major battles of the period. Generally however this is a very useful book and I would recommend this to someone like myself whose knowledge of history, except in very broad strokes, is quite limited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Nationalism and Reform April 29 2013
By RRandall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Maybe the best book I've read in the Norton Modern Europe series. It covers much ground—the Crimean War and the birth of "modern" warfare; the rise of Bismarck (and in many ways this period can be seen as the Bismarckian epoch of Europe, as before it was the Metternichian, before that the Napoleonic, before that the epoch of Enlightened monarchs and that preceded by the long epoch of the warrish Sun King); the Prussian Wars and then Bismarck's spiderlike web of alliances that kept Europe in a safe, if somewhat subjugating, stasis—and it covers it sometimes with a prose that verges on poetry.
This amateur reader highly recommends this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview April 3 2006
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At just over 200 pages, THE AGE OF NATIONALISM AND REFORM comes across as a little lightweight, but not so much that it hasn't been a classic steady-seller for publisher W. W. Norton.

Just as the title implies, mid 19th-Century Europe was not a time of revolution but a time of growing nationalism and reform, as the middle (read: upper middle) class in nation after nation gained political and purchasing power amid a rapidly increasing standard of living. Consider that Baron Hausmann's reconstruction of Paris in the 1870s would cost one TRILLION U.S. dollars if attempted today! But nationalism was a mixed blessing: it could unite Italy but also form zealous and jealous nation-states and empires. By the time the book ends ca. 1890, the power blocs that would start and pursue "The Great War (WWI)" are very much in evidence.

Budget-minded professors and students might want to consider that the price of this paperback is a breathtaking $20.60 (the first edition in 1970 cost all of two-fifty). Similar texts are available for less money, but after thirty-five years of steady publication used copies are easy to find.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 18 2014
By V. Koen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Good book for school

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