The Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1850-1890 Paperback – Oct 17 1976
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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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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.
This amateur reader highly recommends this book.
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.