1848: Springtime of the Peoples

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Monday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
In-person  **NEW**  

1848 was a pivotal year for the development of modern Europe. The aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleanic Wars was playing out in almost every aspect of society. Certainly we see this in politics, with reform movement leading to civil disturbances of different levels of violence even up to actual revolutions in many countries. We also see radical changes in governance, education,  finance and economic systems, science and technology, music, theater, architecture, indeed virtually in every human endeavor. It’s true that some of the changes started before, and some of the ramifications didn’t become clear until long after, but the Revolutions of 1848 will be a handy way of referring to these changes.

We expect that every participant will prepare a brief (20-30 minute) presentation, given about 20-24 members in the class. A lower number of participants would allow for longer presentations or more than one presentation per member.


Jeff Biteen (jeff_biteen@hotmail.com) is a retired Human Resources executive and history buff, with a special interest in political, diplomatic and military history. He previously co-facilitated the Makers of the French Revolution and Europe Between the Wars workshops.

Peter Steiner (peterediesteiner@gmail.com) has been an Academy member since retiring from teaching physics and chemistry. He has co-facilitated a number of workshops mostly focused on history and technology.

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