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  1. David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley
  2. The Peculiarities of German History - David Blackbourn; Geoff Eley - Oxford University Press
  3. The peculiarities of German history: bourgeois society and politics in nineteenth-century Germany
  4. The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Blackbourn and Eley question the standards by which German history is compared. Blackbourn and Eley argue against the acceptance that the standard for successful bourgeois revolution is the experience of France, America, and Britain.

David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley

The authors uncover the unique qualities and special aspects of the German bourgeoisie that make it a successful revolution in its own right. More explicitly, the German bourgeoisie got what it wanted from above, without a significant political upheaval disrupting the established power structure and without bringing about the institutions of liberal democratic reform.

However, the primary conclusion of this work is that there continues to be a need for historians to question the basic assumptions and accepted definitions of a bourgeois revolution. In their view, the term bourgeois revolution needs to be defined in broader terms; they argue that a bourgeois revolution is more than a political process of democratic reform The two essays are topically related, however it is clear that they are two very distinct and separate essays related through a common thesis and questioning attitude towards historical standards.

The larger portion of the text is a systematic evaluation of Sonderweg through the works of other historians. While several interesting and insightful aspects of the German bourgeoisie are introduced, Blackbourn and Eley fail to completely convince the reader of their thesis. A bourgeois revolution is a definable term with a particular set of expectations, which include a clearly defined and unified class-consciousness, a mass movement for political change, and the achievement of liberal-democratic reform. The German middle class did fail to achieve these defining features of a revolutionary movement of the bourgeoisie.

The Peculiarities of German History - David Blackbourn; Geoff Eley - Oxford University Press

A system of reciprocity between the Bourgeoisie and the state was the method used to gain certain measures of reform, not revolution. The authors provide a carefully crafted dissection of the prevailing theories. Rather than provide the reader with appropriate primary sources to support their claims, the authors offer only their own assertions as evidence to support their argument of deficiencies in Sonderweg theory.

Blackbourn and Eley profess a desire to add a new dimension to the study of nineteenth century Germany but clearly refute the Sonderweg theory with great meticulousness as they dismantle the work of other historians.

In conclusion, Blackbourn and Eley offer an interesting new interpretation of the peculiarities of German history. They do not, however, adequately support their claims. The greatest lesson of this work is a warning against the acceptance of assumptions in historical discourse and a reminder to look critically, question, and approach topics from a fresh perspective. Feb 19, Simon rated it liked it Shelves: BC rated it really liked it Feb 27, Ejcarter rated it really liked it Sep 19, Kimberley rated it it was ok Aug 16, Tanja rated it liked it Aug 24, Mj Linane rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Cameron Willis rated it really liked it May 19, Kimba Tichenor rated it liked it Mar 20, Sonicsputnick rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Annie rated it it was ok Aug 10, A rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Will rated it liked it Jun 26, Zach rated it really liked it Jul 24, Jamie rated it liked it Oct 28, Heather rated it really liked it Jun 20, Michael Williams rated it really liked it Jan 19, Kevin rated it really liked it Apr 17, Joseph rated it really liked it Jan 29, Daniel rated it it was ok May 05, Chris Levesque rated it liked it Jul 05, Tim Hearne rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Dani rated it really liked it Sep 25, Clayton Whisnant rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Amber Nickell rated it liked it Oct 06, Taa rated it liked it May 01, Ali rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 14, Jamison rated it it was amazing Nov 02, The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley Abstract This book investigates the role of bourgeoisie society and the political developments of the nineteenth century in the peculiarities of German history.

The peculiarities of German history: bourgeois society and politics in nineteenth-century Germany

More This book investigates the role of bourgeoisie society and the political developments of the nineteenth century in the peculiarities of German history. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. Print Save Cite Email Share. Subscriber Login Email Address. Front Matter Title Pages Preface. The British Model and the German Road: I Basic Assumptions of German Historiography. The British Societal Model.

The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Unscrambling the German Couplet. IX Some Provisional Conclusions. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: II Economy and Society: A Silent Bourgeois Revolution. III Economy and Society: IV The State and Politics.