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Success and Failure: The Revolution of 1848

  • It is difficult to state conclusively whether the German revolution of 1848 was a success or a failure. I take a more sceptical view of the positive consequences of this revolution view than many recenbt historians of the period, at least in Germany. In order to explain and substantiate this position, I will begin by outlining a few theses taking a closer look at the character of the German revolution of 1848 and its social and political base. Then I shall discuss the question of the 'success or failure of the revolution' and the long-term effects of the events and developments of the year 1848. In the following I shall concentrate primarily on Prussia as the centre of the later German Empire, and I shall focus particularly on the situation in the cities.

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Author:Rüdiger HachtmannGND
Parent Title (English):The problem of revolution in Germany, 1789 - 1989
Place of publication:Oxford
Editor:Reibnhard Rürup
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2017/05/17
Date of first Publication:2000/01/01
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF) - Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF)
Release Date:2017/07/06
First Page:27
Last Page:53
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Westeuropa / Deutschland
ZZF Topic-Classification:Gesellschaftsgeschichte
ZZF Chronological-Classification:vor 1900
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz