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. What set the stage for the French Revolution, in Hobsbawm's account?

2. Why didn't disagreements between nations reach the level of international war?

3. Who dominated the Third Estate in the 1780s in France?

4. Where were the French forces defeated in 1815?

5. What does Hobsbawm say the major European powers agreed on after the French Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hobsbawm say was the paradox of progress in certain countries of Europe?

2. How did the Napoleonic Wars affect the slave trade, in Hobsbawm's account?

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

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

5. What does Hobsbawm say is the difference between revolts and national movements?

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

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

8. What was the importance of railroads, in Hobsbawm's account, in the Industrial Revolution?

9. How does Hobsbawm say that the political atmosphere changed after the French Revolution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the changes that were happening at the time in the early- to mid-1800s, it's no surprise that people were anxious about the future; but Marx saw Communism as the goal and perfection of human society. How had the times created this view in Marx and in European culture? What movements does Hobsbawm discuss which contributed to the development of Communism as an alternative to the capitalist exploitation of the Earth and the workers?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

70How does the Age of Revolution look if you discard the superlatives and try to see merely the new, small, day-to-day changes that made life markedly different from one year to the next over a period of 50 to 70 years? Write an extended journal entry or a series of short essays to describe what it must have been like for nineteenth-century Europeans to experience such a long period of consistent change.

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