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

2. France was opposed by which of these in the Napoleonic Wars?

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

4. What relationship had begun to dominate between landowners and farmers in England in the late 1700s?

5. What, in Hobsbawm's view, was the economic result of the French Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. In Hobsbawm's account, why was 1830 a turning point in the history of Europe?

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

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

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

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

9. What was the effect, in Hobsbawm's account, of the American Revolution on the French Revolution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hobsbawm says that nationalism was a new phenomenon after 1830, and that it was tied to the rise of a middle class. Explain the relationship between nationalism and the rising middle class. How did the middle class use nationalism to define itself and its desires? What problems or pressures did nationalism answer or resolve for the middle class?

Essay Topic 2

Was the secularization of European culture a benefit or a disadvantage of industrialization? 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?

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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