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August 1, 2014
 
 
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Lecture 8



 WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
 Department of History
 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871

The German Confederation: Restoration, Transformation, and Revolution (1815-1848)

1.   The Post-Napoleonic years of “Restoration”, 1815-1830
      - The Congress of Vienna (1814-15)
      - The German Confederation: political configuration and status quo politics
      - Cycle of revolutionary tremors and repression

2.  Germany in Transition: Vormärz (pre-March era, 1830-1848
     - Biedermeier era and the formation of a German bourgeoisie 
     - Reaction and progress: conservatism, liberalism and nationalism
     - Economic and social changes and the 1848 eruption 

3.  1848: The Revolution that Failed – or Did it?
     - Vormärz (Pre-March era, 1830-1848)
     - Revolutionary actions in Germany
     - Counterrevolution (Generals of Reaction: Windishgrätz, Radetzky, Jellacic, Wrangel)
     - The “Failure and Promise” of 1848
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- Battle of Waterloo, 1815 (Wellington, Blücher, Gneisenau)
- Heinrich Heine (Germany: a Winter’s Fairy Tale; Lorelei)
- Prince Metternich (Metternich System)
- The Holy Alliance (Austria, Prussia, Russia, 1815) 

- German Confederation, 1815-1866
- Wartburg demonstrations, 1817
- Karlsbad Decrees, 1819
- Hambach festival, 1831
- German Customs Union (Zollverein, 1834)

- “Dual Revolution” (E.J. Hobsbawm, Age of Revolution, 1789-1848, 1964) 
- Silesian weavers revolt (1844)
- Socialism (Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto, 1848)                                                                   
- Frankfurt Parliament (Paulskirche)- Heinrich von Gagern
- Constitutional Liberals & Democratic Radicals
- Little and Greater Germany 
- Liberalism and Nationalism 
- Heckerputsch                                          
- Prince Schwarzenberg
- A.J.P Taylor  (The Course of German History, 1946)
- L.B. Namier ( “the revolution of the intellectuals”)