The Place of the 1848 Revolutions in the History of Liberty


In 1848 there were revolutions in most major European states except Great Britain. These are often seen as failures, but they also had long-lasting consequences, some beneficial to the cause of liberty and limited government, others not. Classical liberals were leading actors in the revolts, but some other classical liberals opposed them or were deeply skeptical. Relying mostly on primary sources, this conference examined the place of the 1848 revolutions in the history of liberty.


Conference Readings

Eyck, Frank, eds. The Revolutions of 1848-49, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1972.

Mayer, J. P., eds. Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville. New York: Harvill Press, 1949.

Breuilly, John, eds. The Revolutions of 1848. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom: Open University Press, 1976.

Robinson, J.H., eds. Readings in European History, Boston: Ginn, 1906.

Kranzberg, Melvin, eds. 1848: A Turning Point?. Boston: D.C. Heath, 1959.

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Kohn, Hans. The Habsburg Empire, 1804-1918. New York: Van Nostrand, 1961.