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The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1850-1890 Paperback – Oct 17 1976

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); 2nd ed. edition (Oct. 17 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039309183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393091830
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Norman Rich is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Brown University. After receiving his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949, he served for five years on the Board of Editors of the captured German Foreign Office documents, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the British Foreign Office, and the French Foreign Ministry. He has taught history at Bryn Mawr College, Michigan State University, and Brown University, where he helped direct the program in International Relations. He has been awarded research fellowships at the Center of International Studies, Princeton, and St. Antony's College, Oxford, and in addition has been awarded Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships for research in England and Germany. His publications include "Friedrich von Holstein: Politics and Diplomacy in the Era of Bismarck and Wilhelm II", 2 vols. (1965); "The Age of Nationalism and Reform" (1970, 2nd edition 1977); "Hitler's War Aims", vol. I; "Ideology, the Nazi State, and the Course of Expansion"; vol. II; "The Establishment of the New Order" (1973-74); and "Why the Crimean War? A Cautionary Tale" (1985, paperback edition, 1990). He is a co-editor of "Documents on German Foreign Policy", in many volumes, (1949 ff.) and, with M.H. Fisher, of "The Holstein Papers: Memoirs, Diaries, Correspondence", 4 vols. (1954-1961). He has contributed numerous articles and book reviews to American, Canadian, and European journals. .

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cd0fc60) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c18ae88) 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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HASH(0x9ccf530c) out of 5 stars Rich, Nationalism and Reform April 29 2013
By RRandall - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x9c09dca8) 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.
HASH(0x9cd4afe4) out of 5 stars Used as a textbook April 16 2013
By frookie1290 - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed this book for school. It fulfilled its purpose of providing useful information for class.
HASH(0x9ccf59b4) out of 5 stars It provides a good introduction to the topic Dec 20 2014
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this for a class. It provides a good introduction to the topic.