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Parent category: 1840s
Births: Octave Mirbeau (1848 - 1917) - Joris Karl Huysmans (1848 - 1907)
Wave of republican and democratic uprisings throughout Europe, mostly unsuccessful.
The European Revolutions of 1848, known in some countries as the Spring of Nations or the Year of Revolution, were a series of revolutions which erupted in Sicily and then, further triggered by the Revolution of 1848 in France, soon spread to the rest of Europe. These European Revolutions were the violent consequences of a variety of changes that had been taking place in Europe in the first half of the 19th century. In politics, both bourgeois reformers and radical politicians were seeking change in their nations' governments. In society, technological change was creating new ways of life for the working classes, a popular press extended political awareness, and new values and ideas such as nationalism and socialism began to spring up. The tinder that lit the fire was a series of economic downturns and crop failures that left the peasants and the poor working classes starving. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_of_1848 [Jun 2006]
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