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. Where does Hobsbawm see a culture combining nationalism with the revolutionary spirit of the French Revolution?

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

3. Where were the French forces defeated in 1814?

4. What was abolished in the wake of Napoleon's victories?

5. What did the French monarch make a practice of in the 1780s?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the beginnings of the French Revolution, from 1789 to 1792.

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

3. What does Hobsbawm say were the monarchies' relationships with land use and the economy in 1780?

4. In Hobsbawm's account, how strong were the major European nations by the end of the Napoleonic Wars?

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

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

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

8. What role did the cotton market play in the Industrial Revolution, in Hobsbawm's account?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who are the main characters in Hobsbawm's "The Age of Revolution"? Is it the nations themselves, or the political parties, or industries characters? Does Hobsbawm describe them as individual characters? Cite a few instances of how Hobsbawm relates individuals to parties, and individual experience to historical developments.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Was the secularization of European culture a benefit or a disadvantage of industrialization? Or, was it simply a transition, as people found their religion in other places? What functions had religion served that were now served by other, secular developments?

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