Chris Blattman

1848 bleg

What are the best books on the social revolutions of 1848? By “best” I mean intellectually invigorating, but also well written and enjoyable. I’m looking to avoid both the dreariest academic tracts and the lightweight journalistic accounts. I am tempted by the Rapport and Robertson volumes on Amazon.

4 Responses

  1. While much broader, I love What Hath God Wrought from the Oxford American History series.

    Random fact that I learned and loved: before steam ships, Mississippi barge workers would ride the barges down to New Orleans and then spend 6 months walking back home.

  2. See Kurt Weyland’s paper in International Organization last year for an idiosyncratic overview and useful bibliography.

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