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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Nationalism in Germany, 1848-1866

Revolutionary Nation

ISBN 9781403913296
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series European Studies Series

How, why and when did unification occur in Germany? In the first full-length study of its kind, Mark Hewitson reassesses the relationship between politics and the nation in the critical decades between the revolutions of 1848-9 and unification after 1866.

This comprehensive, original and insightful text:

• revises traditional accounts of Bismarck's role and concentrates instead on the emergence of political parties and a German public sphere
• questions the existence of a broad shift from liberal to conservative nationalism
• challenges the notion that cultural and ethnic forms of nationalism were particularly pronounced in Germany as a result of late unification
• qualifies the idea of a 'revolution from above'.

Ideal for students and scholars alike, Mark Hewitson offers a fresh interpretation of a formative period in modern German history.

MARK HEWITSON is Senior Lecturer in German History and Politics at University College London, UK.

List of Tables and Diagrams
List of Maps
A German Revolution
The Great Powers and the Austrian Question
The Habsburg Monarchy and the Germans
The Third Germany and the Bund
Prussia, the Nation and the Constitution
The Struggle for Germany in Schleswig-Holstein


'A very impressive text: immaculately organized and sharply focused, with a surefooted mastery of the enormous monographic scholarship in German.' - Geoff Eley, University of Michigan, USA
'Hewitson's well crafted argument on liberal nationalism constitutes a welcome reexamination of nation-building and deserves a wide readership.' - James M. Brophy, German Studies Review
'A valuable addition to the literature on German unification.' - Peter Thaler, JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM
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