Recent scholarship has revised older perceptions of the years after the 1848-49 revolutions as the “age of reaction” in Europe. Nonetheless, this research has been carried out largely at a national level and therefore has not focused so far on entangled or transnational trends after 1848, nor has it produced a comprehensive narrative on politics and society throughout Europe in the 1850s and 1860s. This one-day workshop brings together scholars from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Hungary and discusses the aftermath of the 1848 revolutions in mid- and late-nineteenth century European history. In particular, it examines aspects of state-building such as policing and criminal justice; political representation; and migration and (forced) displacement. Furthermore, wishing to adopt a well-rounded European scope, the papers presented cover a wide geographic range including not only Great Powers such as France, Prussia, and the Habsburg Empire, but also smaller state actors like Württemberg, Bavaria and Naples. Consequently, this event analyzes not only the impact of the 1848 revolutions on political institutions and social relations from a transnational perspective, but also seeks to address questions of lasting significance that affect crucially our broader understanding of nineteenth century Europe.
Nihon Room, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Saturday, 7 September 2019