The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 Test | Final 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. How does Hobsbawm describe Romanticism?

2. How was the European population changing that made it possible for art to flourish during the Age of Revolution?

3. In what respect does Hobsbawm say that Britain was well-situated as industrialism expanded?

4. What capability was open to the middle class, as a result of the age of revolutions, that was not open before the revolutions?

5. What possibility did this social structure open to French society?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which religions were expanding as the Catholic Church's importance was declining?

2. How did those in power react to the spread of middle class ideology, in Hobsbawm's account?

3. What role did religion serve, even as Europe was becoming more secular?

4. How does Hobsbawm describe the class tensions surrounding the new middle class?

5. How does Hobsbawm say religion was changing after the French Revolution?

6. How did the working poor act out politically, when they did act out, in Hobsbawm's account?

7. What had to happen to land use practices, in Hobsbawm's account, for capitalism to take hold in Europe?

8. How does Hobsbawm define middle class ideology?

9. Why does Hobsbawm describe the changing use of the landscape "the most catastrophic phenomenon" of the period?

10. How does Hobsbawm describe the working class' living conditions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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