Europe's Uncertain Path, 1814-1914 : State Formation and Civil Society

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-30
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Europe's Uncertain Path is an introduction to Europe's turbulent history from 1814 to 1914. It presents a clear narrative of the major political events, set against the backdrop of social, economic, and cultural change. An introduction to Europe's turbulent history from 1814 to 1914 Provides students with a solid grounding in the main political events and social changes of the period Explains the causes and outcomes of major events: the effect of the emergence of mass politics; the evolution of political ideologies; and the link between foreign and domestic policy Offers balanced coverage of Eastern, Western, and Central Europe Illustrations, maps, and figures enhance student understanding

Author Biography

R. S. Alexander is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria, Canada. His books include Napoleon (2001) and Re-Writing the French Revolutionary Tradition (2003).

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
List of Figuresp. x
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
A World Half Restored: The Vienna Settlement and the Restoration Regimesp. 1
The Nature of the Restored Regimesp. 7
Constitutional Monarchiesp. 8
Despotism in Italy and Spainp. 12
The Eastern Autocraciesp. 14
The Ottoman Empirep. 18
Political Contestation from the Vienna Settlement to the 1830 Revolutions, 1814-1832p. 21
Failed Revolutionsp. 25
Conservative Consolidationp. 34
Erosion of the Conservative Order on the European Peripheryp. 35
Reform and Revolution in the Westp. 38
Resistance to Change in South, Central, and East Europep. 44
Stability, Stasis or Decay?: Europe from 1830 to 1848p. 50
Structural Sources of Stability in Inter-State Relationsp. 50
The Thin Veneer of Ideologyp. 52
Utopian Socialismp. 56
Consolidation and the Constitutional Monarchies: Britain and France in the 1830sp. 57
Liberal Advance and Political Instability: Spain in the 1830sp. 63
The Volatile Complexity of Emergent Nationalism and Liberalism in Italy, Germany, and the Austrian Empire, 1830-1848p. 65
Toward Crisis? The Constitutional Monarchies in the 1840sp. 70
The Underpinnings of Politics: Economic, Social, and Cultural Developments up to Mid-Centuryp. 76
Population Growth and Agricultural Productionp. 77
Rural Society: Peasants, Nobles, and Notablesp. 79
Commerce, Industry, and the Emergent Urban Economyp. 82
Urban Societyp. 88
State Formation and Social Controlp. 94
Cultural Trends: Religious Revival and Romantic Revoltp. 98
Europe in Transition: The 1848 Revolutions and the Crimean Warp. 104
Originsp. 105
The Initial Wavep. 105
The Springtime of the Peoplesp. 108
The Crucible: Politics up to the June Daysp. 110
Incomplete Conservative Recovery, July-December 1848p. 115
In the Balance: A Second Revolutionary Wave and Conservative Response, January-October 1849p. 118
Conservative Consolidation and the Spanish Exceptionp. 120
New Departures on the Left: Scientific Socialism and Anarchismp. 123
The Return of Great Power Rivalryp. 125
Taking Stockp. 128
Wars of National Unification and Revolution in the European States System, 1850s-1871p. 129
Domestic Politics in the 1850s: Liberalism in the Westp. 130
Autocratic Politics in the 1850sp. 134
The Quixotic Foreign Policy of Louis-Napoleon: Italian Unificationp. 136
Partial Unification of Germanyp. 139
The Early Stages of the Women's Movementp. 144
Domestic Politics in the 1860s: Reform in the Autocraciesp. 146
Domestic Politics in the 1860s: Reform in Britain and Francep. 150
Domestic Politics in the 1860s: Instability in Italy and Spainp. 153
Birth and Death: The Franco-Prussian War and Paris Communep. 156
Europe from the Paris Commune to the Fall of Bismarck, 1871-1892p. 162
Arms, Alliances, and Inter-State Relations in the 1870sp. 162
The Coming of Male Democracyp. 165
Domestic Politics in the 1870s: Britain and Francep. 167
Domestic Politics in the 1870s: Spain and Italyp. 170
Domestic Politics in the Eastern Autocracies in the 1870sp. 173
Inter-State Relations in the 1880s: The "New Imperialism" and the Demise of the Bismarckian Alliance Systemp. 179
West European Domestic Politics in the 1880s: Britain and Francep. 184
Spain and Italy in the 1880sp. 188
The Eastern Empires during the 1880sp. 191
The Underpinnings of Politics: Economic, Social, and Cultural Developments from Mid-Century to 1914p. 199
Rising Populationp. 200
Economic Expansionp. 202
Mid-Century Prosperityp. 203
Economic Slowdownp. 204
The Return of Rapid Growthp. 206
Social Change: Urbanizationp. 208
Rural Societyp. 209
Urban Societyp. 212
State Response to Economic and Social Change: Increasing Interventionp. 216
Association "Mania"p. 220
Cultural Trends: Positivism and the Cult of Scientific Progressp. 223
Religious Responsep. 226
Growing Doubtp. 228
Mass Culturep. 231
Toward Destruction?: From the 1890s to the mid-1900sp. 237
Inter-State Relations, 1890-1900: Shifting Alliancesp. 238
Inter-State Relations, 1900-1905: Partial Clarification and Continued Flexibilityp. 241
Democracy, Mass Politics, and the Women's Movementp. 243
Adaptation to Mass Politics in Britain and Francep. 244
Mixed Signs in Spain and Italyp. 250
Uncertainty in the Autocracies: Germany and Austria-Hungaryp. 255
Revolution in Russiap. 261
Transition Re-Routed: From the Mid- 1900s to the Great Warp. 267
Domestic Politics: The End or Beginning of an Era?p. 267
Evolution in Britain and Stalemate in France, 1906-14p. 271
Failure in Spain and Italyp. 276
Parliamentary Conflict and the Limits to Opposition in Germanyp. 280
Nationalist Divisions in the Dual Monarchyp. 283
Imperial Russia: One Step Back from the Brink of Revolution?p. 286
Toward the Abyss: Inter-State Relations, 1905-14p. 290
From the First Moroccan Crisis to the Annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1904-9p. 290
Temporary Stabilization and the Return of Crisis, 1909-12p. 293
The Final Destruction of the European States Systems, 1911-14p. 294
The Causes of World War Onep. 302
Culmination?p. 305
Conclusionp. 309
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 324
Indexp. 338
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