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. What caused the middle class ideology to decline, in Hobsbawm's account?

2. Where was Chartism an active part of the political landscape?

3. What does Hobsbawm say had to happen to the land before its economic potential could be unleashed?

4. What did Hobsbawm find in conservative thinking of the period?

5. Why, according to Hobsbawm, did land reform take place in France?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hobsbawm say was increasing around 1848?

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

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

4. How, in Hobsbawm's account, did European land reforms fare in other places?

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

6. Which artist does Hobsbawm cite as examples of the high standards reached in the arts in the mid-1800s?

7. Who does Hobsbawm say was most receptive to Romanticism, and why?

8. What opportunities were open because of the Industrial Revolution that were not open before, in Hobsbawm's account?

9. What does Hobsbawm say was the third kind of secular thought that developed during the middle of the nineteenth century?

10. Why were Jews and Protestants in particular successful and socially mobile, in Hobsbawm's account?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Revolutions took place for years after the French Revolution, some successful, some not. How would you characterize the legacy of the French Revolution in these other revolutions? Were these revolutions independent occurrences? Were they inspired by or in any way caused by the French Revolution? Or, were they merely reactions against the same cultural developments that had happened in France?

Essay Topic 2

What was the role of the Jews in the Industrial Revolution and French Revolution? How did they participate in the transformation of European society? How did they benefit by it? How was their experience different than other groups' experiences?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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