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Barricades and Borders

Europe 1800-1914

Third Edition

Robert Gildea

March 2003

ISBN: 9780199253005

544 pages

In Stock

Short Oxford History of the Modern World

Price: £30.99



Now with a substantially revised text and fully updated bibliography, this is a comprehensive survey of European history from Napoleon Bonaparte to the First World War. Going beyond traditional political and diplomatic history, the book incorporates the results of recent research on population movements, the expansion of markets, the accumulation of capital, social mobility, education, changing patterns of leisure, religious practices, and intellectual and artistic developments.

  • The most broad-ranging text on the market - provides comprehensive treatment of economic, cultural, and political issues, from both Western and Eastern European perspectives
  • Now includes a chronology, a list of leading state ministers, and family trees for all the major dynasties, as well as a fully revised and updated bibliography
  • Analysis of Nationalism and High Politics has been fully revised, taking into account the latest research in the field, without becoming overly theoretical
  • Includes extended discussion of the Church and religion, emphasizing the Church's role as an alternative to secular modernizing voices

About the Author(s)

Robert Gildea, Professor of Modern French History, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    List of Tables
    Part I: Europe 1800-1850
    1:The Quickening Pace
    2:Napoleonic Europe
    3:Metternich's Europe
    4:The Revolutions of 1848
    5:Hierarchies of Culture
    Part II: Europe 1850-1880
    6:Mid-Century Prosperity
    7:Nationalism and Unification
    8:Revolution Contained
    9:Mid-Century Culture
    Part III: Europe 1880-1914
    10:The Struggle for Economic Supremacy
    11:Problems of National Integration
    12:The Race for Empire
    13:The Management of Society
    14:Culture at the Turn of the Century
    15:The Break-Up of Nineteenth-Century Europe
    Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures


Review from previous edition From the first edition: -

A brilliant blend of synthesis and original insight. - T.C.W. Blanning

. . . includes an impressive amount of detailed information, a good deal of it not to be found in its more obvious competitors. - M.S. Anderson, Times Literary Supplement

This is a most complete and comprehensive study of 19th century Europe. It is scholarly yet readable and will be invaluable in the teaching of undergraduates for this period. It will be placed on the 'highly recommended' reading list. - Professor Paul Preston, Queen Mary College

An invaluable overview which gives full justice to 'history in the broad' for this important period. We have long needed an up-to-date treatment of the 19th Century which integrates new work with the long-established themes. - Dr J Stevenson, Department of History, University of Sheffield

Thoroughly first class effort at comprehensive interpretation - particularly impressive I think on cultural-intellectual aspect. - R T Shannon, University of Swansea

. . . a formidable achievement . . . the coverage is succinct and clear . . . the detailed treatment of particular themes is as satisfactory as the general arrangement of the work . . . the overwhelming impression is of a subtle intelligence at work and the result is an excellent and comprehensive study. - Jeremy Black, Times Higher Educational Supplement

From the second edition: -

This is by far the best general text on C19th Curope, rich in detail, clear in structure and with a useful bibliography. The new edition is far more attractive that its predecessor. - Dr David Laven, Lecturer, University of Reading

As well as discussing the necessary political events of the century, the book has much to say about cultural changes, education, urbanisation, and economic change. - Contemporary Review, 29/11/1996

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