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The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848

The Age of Revolution: Europe: 1789–1848 is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, first published in 1962. It is the first in a trilogy of books about "the long 19th century" (coined by Hobsbawm), followed by The Age of Capital: 1848–1875, and The Age of Empire: 1875–1914. A fourth book, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914–1991, acts as a sequel to the trilogy.

The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789–1848
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First edition
Author Eric Hobsbawm
Country United Kingdom, United States
Language English
Subject History
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)
World Publishing (US)
Publication date
Pages 366
ISBN 978-0-679-77253-8
OCLC 34576637
940.2/7 20
LC Class D299 .H6 1996
Followed by The Age of Capital: 1848–1875

Hobsbawm analysed the early 19th century, and indeed the whole process of modernization thereafter, using what he calls the twin revolution thesis. This thesis recognized the dual importance of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution as mid-wives of modern European history, and – through the connections of colonialism and imperialism – world history.


  • Part I. Developments
    • 1. The World in the 1780s
    • 2. The Industrial Revolution
    • 3. The French Revolution
    • 4. War
    • 5. Peace
    • 6. Revolutions
    • 7. Nationalism
  • Part II. Results
    • 8. Land
    • 9. Towards an Industrial World
    • 10. The Career Open to Talent
    • 11. The Labouring Poor
    • 12. Ideology: Religion
    • 13. Ideology: Secular
    • 14. The Arts
    • 15. Science
    • 16. Conclusion: Towards 1848

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