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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. In what fields were cultural developments being made fastest in the late 1700s, according to Hobsbawm?

2. What did the monarchy do in response to France's financial crisis in the 1780s?

3. Where were the French forces defeated in 1815?

4. Which nation was the exception to the rule that Europe was ruled by absolute monarchs, in the late 1700s?

5. What does Hobsbawm say revolutionary groups had in common across Europe in 1848?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What were the geographical consequences of the Napoleonic Wars, in Hobsbawm's account?

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

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

9. In what way does Hobsbawm say that the world was both bigger and smaller in the late 1700s?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the major developments that have shaped the hundred and sixty or so years since 1848? Choose one and describe, in much the way Hobsbawm does, the factors that led to the development, as well as its primary consequences.

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

Hobsbawm describes the importance of nationalism in the development of a middle class that had developed its own characteristic ideology, which was marked by a faith in a universe that progressed either toward spiritual fulfillment (Hegel) or communism (Marx). Both of these conclusions were for the mass, though, and it would not be until Freud that people could see the difficulties of being individuals within a mass or nation.

Write an essay that addresses the importance of nationalism in your life. In what ways are you a national creature? Does your nationalism interfere with or obscure your individuality?

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