London Review of Books winter lectures
Christopher Clark on 1848

Friday 15 February 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre

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The insurrections of 1848 were the only truly European revolution there has ever been: beginning in the Italian peninsula, they spread within weeks from Paris to Bucharest, from Vienna to Stockholm, from Rome to the Ionian Islands.

Christopher Clark argues that far from being a ‘failure’ – G.M. Trevelyan’s ‘turning point at which modern history failed to turn’ – they had a profound impact on political and administrative practices, whose traces can be discerned far beyond the boundaries of Europe, in questions about social inequality and the responsibilities of the state, the tensions between representative and direct forms of democracy and the place of labour in a meaningful and dignified human existence.

Christopher Clark is Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, and the author of the international bestsellers Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 and The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914.

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the London Review of Books.

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