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1848: Year of Revolution

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 January 2012

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss 1848, the year that saw Europe engulfed in revolution. Across the continent, from Paris to Palermo, liberals rose against conservative governments. The first stirrings of rebellion came in January, in Sicily; in February the French monarchy fell; and within a few months Germany, Austria, Hungary and Italy had all been overtaken by revolutionary fervour. Only a few countries, notably Britain and Russia, were spared.

The rebels were fighting for nationalism, social justice and civil rights, and were prepared to fight in the streets down to the last man. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives; but little of lasting value was achieved, and by the end of the year the liberal revolutions had been soundly beaten.

With:

Tim Blanning
Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Cambridge

Lucy Riall
Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London

Mike Rapport
Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Mike Rapport, ‘1848: Year of Revolution’ (Little, Brown, 2008)

    Lucy Riall, ‘Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero’ (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007)

    Eric Hobsbawm, ‘Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848’ (Vintage, 1996)

    Eric Hobsbawm, ‘The Age of Capital’ (London, 1975)

    Jonathan Sperber, ‘The European Revolutions, 1848-1851’ (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

    Wolfram Siemann, ‘The German Revolution of 1848-49’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)

    M. Agulhon, ‘The Republic in the Village: The People of the Var from the French Revolution to the Second Republic’ (Cambridge, 1982)

    Jonathan Keates, ‘The Siege of Venice’ (London: Chatto & Windus, 2005)

    Jill Harsin, ‘Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848’ (New York: Palgrave, 2002)

    Lewis Namier, ‘1848: The Revolution of the Intellectuals’ (London: Oxford University Press, 1946)

    Roger Price, ‘The Revolutions of 1848’ (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 1998)

    Priscilla Robertson, ‘Revolutions of 1848: A Social History’ (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1952 - recently reissued)

    George Macaulay Trevelyan, ‘Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic 1848-9’ (London: Longman, 1988, first published 1907)

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