The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The merchant class was situated between what and what, in Hobsbawm's account?

2. Which nation ruled most of Asia in the late 1700s?

3. Who does Hobsbawm say rose to prominence financing the wars?

4. What cause did Russia and Britain disagree over after the French Revolution?

5. What was the age of scientific and political progress in the 1700s called?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobsbawm say that the nationalistic ideal spread through Europe?

2. Who, in Hobsbawm's account, formed the foundation for what Hobsbawm calls "self-conscious' nationalism?

3. In Hobsbawm's account, was the Napoleonic War worth the destruction it caused for the economic benefits that followed?

4. What does Hobsbawm say was the third wave of revolutions to follow the French Revolution?

5. How does Hobsbawm say the population was distributed in the 1780s?

6. Why does Hobsbawm say that raw materials like iron and coal did not expand the same way as cotton began to expand in the 1780s?

7. What conditions made Britain ripe for the Industrial Revolution, according to Hobsbawm?

8. What does Hobsbawm say was the first wave of revolutions to follow the French Revolution?

9. Describe the final defeat of the French forces at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

10. What does Hobsbawm say was the second wave of revolutions to follow the French Revolution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are Hobsbawm's historiographical priorities? What historiographical methods characterize his work? What themes is he interested in? How does he explore them? Compare this work (or contrast it) with other works of history you have read.

Essay Topic 2

How had the past changed as a result of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution? How did the sciences, technologies and philosophies that were developed during the Age of Revolution change how people looked at their own origins and the origin of the human race?

Essay Topic 3

How important was nationalism in the revolutions Hobsbawm describes? Was it a cause or an effect of the revolutions? If it was a cause, what were its effects? If it was an effect, what caused it?

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