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1The Revolutions of 1848The turning point at which history failed to turn…- George Macaulay Trevelyan, 1937
2Causes of upheavalConsidered the watershed political event of the 19th century.1848 revolutions influenced by romanticism, nationalism, and liberalism, as well as economic dislocation and instability.Only Britain and Russia avoided significant upheaval.Neither liberals or conservatives could gain permanent upper hand.Resulted in end of serfdom in Austria and Germany, universal male suffrage in France, parliaments established in German states (although controlled by princes & aristocrats), stimulated unification impulse in Prussia and Sardinia-Piedmont.Last of liberal revolutions dating back to the French Revolution
3France 1848: The February Revolution Working class and liberals unhappy with King Louis Philippe, esp. his minister Francois Guizot (who opposed electoral reform).King dismisses Guizot, but riots break out.King forced to abdicate on Feb. 24.Francois Guizot
4The Provisional Government Second French Republic declared by Chamber of deputies.Moderate republicans led by liberal Alphonse Lamartine (allied w/ bourgeoisie)Socialists led by Louis Blancnational workshops created by Blanc to provide work for the unemployedReforms: abolished slavery in the empire, 10 hr workday in Paris, abolished death penalty.April elections for new Constituent Assembly resulted in conflict between moderate republicans (who won) and socialists
5The June Days RevoltWorkers attempted to create a revolutionary republic after Blanc was dropped from assembly.Results in “June Days” RevolutionCause: gov’t closed national workshopsMarked beginning of class warfare in FranceWorkers sought war against poverty and redistribution of income.Barricades put up in streets to oppose gov’t forces (Hugo’s Les Miserables based on this)
6France 1848 The Second Republic General Louis Cavaignac: assumed dictatorial powers & crushed revolt (10,000 dead)Victory for conservativesNov 1848 – constitution provided for elected president and one-house parliamentElection of 1848: Louis Napoleon Bonaparte ( ) defeated Cavaignac1852: Louis Napoleon consolidates power and becomes Emperor Napoleon IIILouis Napoleon Bonaparte
7Revolution in Austria, 1848Habsburg empire was vulnerable to revolutionary challengeEthnic minorities sought nationalistic goals: Hungarians, Slavs, Czechs, Italians, Serbs, Croats, and others. (More non-Germans than Germans lived in the empire)Austrian gov’t was reactionary; liberal institutions were non-existent.Social reliance on serfdom doomed masses of people to a life w/o hope.“February Revolution” in France sparked rebellion for liberal reforms.
8Vienna, 1848 March 13 – rioting breaks out in Vienna Austrian empire collapsed; Metternich fledConstituent assembly meets.Serfdom (robot) abolished, revolution withers.Revolutionary gov’t failed to govern effectivelyFerdinand I abdicates, Habsburgs restored royal absolutism under Franz Joseph (r ).Franz Joseph
9Hungary, 1848Louis Kossuth ( ) Hungarian (Magyar nationalist) leader demanded independence.March laws provided for Hungarian independence.Austrians invade, Hungarian armies drove within sight of Vienna.Slavic minorities resisted Magyar invasion and Hungarian army withdrewAustrian and Russian armies defeated Hungarian army.Hungary would have to wait until 1866 for autonomyLouis Kossuth
10Bohemia, 1848Prague Conference developed notion of Austroslavism: constitution and autonomy within Habsburg empire.Pan-Slav Congress failed to unite Slavic peoples in the empire.Austrian military ultimately attacked Prague and occupied Bohemia and crushed rebellion.
11Upheaval in Italy, 1848Italian nationalists and liberals seek to end foreign domination of ItalyMilan, Lombardy and Venetia seek expel Austrian rulersBourbon rulers in Kingdom of Two Sicilies and House of Savoy in Sardinia-Piedmont grant liberal constitutions.Sardinia-Piedmont declared war on Austria.Beginning in May, revolutions suppressed.
12Italy, 1848Giuseppe Mazzini established Roman Republic in 1849 protected by Giuseppe GaribaldiPope Pius IX forced to fleeAustrian General Radetsky crushes Sardinia-Piedmont; regains Lombardy and Venetia.French troops take back Papal States.Victor Emmanuel II takes throne in Sardinia-Piedmont.Giuseppe Mazzini
13Italy, 1848 Causes for failure: Rural people did not support revolutions, focused mainly on urban middle classes.Revolutionaries not united, fear of radicals among moderates leads to collapse.Lack of leadership and administrative experience among revolutionaries.Giuseppe Garibaldi
14The German States, 1848Revolutions inspired by 1848 revolutions in FranceLiberals demanded constitutional government and a union or federation of German states.Frederick William IV rejected liberal constitution; imposed conservative one that guaranteed royal control of gov’t (lasted until 1918).Frederick William IV
15Frankfurt ParliamentLiberal, romantic, & nationalist leaders called for elections to a constituent assembly, from all states in the German Bund, for the purpose of unifying the German states.Sought war with Denmark to annex Schleswig & Holstein; Prussia declared war on DenmarkPresented constitution for a united German federation.Selected Prussian King Frederick William IV as emperor; he declined claiming “divine right of kings”
16Collapse of the Revolution Debate over whether or not to include Austria and who would rule (Hollenzollerns or Habsburgs?)Failure of Prussia and Austria to support unification movement resulted in its collapseFrederick William’s attempt to unify Germany ended in failure, he dissolved the Parliament and created a constitution of his own for Prussia.This created a two-house parliament, but gave the king ultimate authority.
17Collapse of the Revolution Prussia attempted to create a north German confederation that it would dominate.Austria opposed, demanding Prussian allegiance to the Bund (that Austria dominated)Nov “Humiliation of Olmutz”: Prussia dropped plan to unify Germany, leaving Austria as dominant German state in the Bund.Prussia would seek revenge in 1866 (Austro-Prussian War)
18Britain, 1848The ChartistsMovement reached its height with the Kennington Common demonstration on April 10, 1848.Could have been the prelude to revolution in Britain, but meeting was peaceful.Leaders did not follow-up on the meeting and Chartist movement died.Kennington Common demonstration on April 10, 1848
191848 – The ConsequencesThe revolutions failed to pull popular support from working classes.Middle classes led the revolution, but as it turned more radical, they held back.Were they were successful, old guard was left in place and they turned against them.Nationalism divided more that united.Some gains lasted (abolition of serfdom, etc.)In the longterm, most liberal gains would be solidified by the end of the century, Germany and Italy would be unified, and the Austrian Empire would collapse at the end of World War I.