The third edition of Europe 1783-1914 provides a comprehensive overview of Europe from the outbreak of the French Revolution to the origins of the First World War. William Simpson and Martin Jones combine accounts of the most important countries, notably France, Germany and Russia, with the wider political, economic, social and cultural developments affecting Europe as a whole. These include:
A survey of Europe c.1780: the social and economic background, forms of government, and the Enlightenment
The impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon on Europe
The spread of nationalism: the 1848 Revolutions and the unification of Italy and Germany
Changes in the world of ideas: religious belief, romanticism, and cultural achievements in art, literature and music
The age of imperialism: the expansion of Europe, Marxism and left-wing movements, international relations, 1870-1914
The reciprocal relationship between Europe and the United States
Europe in 1914: shifts in the intellectual climate through the works of Darwin and Freud, scientific discoveries and the impact of new technologies, and changes in society and the position of women.
Each chapter features a list of key dates, concise background information and suggestions for further reading, as well as a concluding `Topics for Debate' section which contains relevant contemporary sources and outlines the contrasting views of recent historians on the key issues. The suggestions for further reading have been updated in every chapter by the addition of relevant and significant new books, published up to and including 2014. Extensively illustrated throughout with maps, contemporary cartoons and portraits, Europe 1783-1914 is a clear, detailed and highly accessible analysis of this turbulent and formative period of European history.
William Simpson is a former Head of History at Cheltenham College and his books include Hitler and Germany (1991) and The Second Reich (1995). Martin Jones is a former Head of History at Cheltenham College and author of Failure in Palestine (1986).
Chapter One The Condition of Europe c. 1789; Chapter Two The French Revolution, 1785-89; Chapter Three The Collapse of the French Monarchy and the International Response, `1789-92; Chapter Four The Revolution at War; Chapter Five The Rule of Napoleon; Chapter Six The Impact of the French Revolution and Napoleon on Europe and the Congress of Vienna; Chapter Seven The Industrialisation of Europe and its Effects; Chapter Eight Changes on the World of Ideas; Chapter Nine Nationalism and the Breakdown of the Concert of Europe; Chapter Ten Restoration Europe, 1815-48, and Challenges to Authority; Chapter Eleven 1848: The Year of Revolutions; Chapter Twelve The Second Empire in France; Chapter Thirteen The Unification of Italy; Chapter Fourteen The Unification of Germany; Chapter Fifteen Reform and Reaction in Russia 1849-94; Chapter Sixteen The Age of Imperialism; Chapter Seventeen Europe and the United States; Chapter Eighteen Marxism and the growth of Working Class Organisations; Chapter Nineteen The Third Republic in France, 1871-1914; Chapter Twenty Imperial Germany, 1871-1912; Chapter Twenty-One The Habsburg Empire, 1848-1914; Chapter Twenty-Two Russia, 1894-1914; Chapter Twenty-Three International relations, 1890-1914 and the origins of the First World War; Chapter Twenty-Four Europe in 1914 : Retrospect and Prospect.