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By Axel Körner

The thought of a "Springtime of ecu Peoples," the concept that of a common republic and the notice of a ecu size to progressive occasions all had an enormous influence at the principles of 1848 and have been mirrored in songs, pamphlets, and political statements. even if, the meanings of 1848--its ancient and memories--changed through the years. In so much commemorations, the revolution has seemed as a countrywide occasion, a point of view which replaced in basic terms in 1998, at the celebration of the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary. This ebook analyzes the dichotomy among the foreign size of the revolution's principles and the nationalization of its memories.

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Despite its idealism, Europe was not one of the revolution’s priorities. Commemorations of 1848 in a national context How were memories of the revolution constructed and communicated? 84 As already explained with reference to Halbwachs, the content and meaning of memory depends not only on the facts remembered, but on the context of the commemorations, and on experiences made between the remembered facts and the act of commemoration. Not only do oral accounts and scholarly research create memory, but also more complex forms of communication.

Here the heritage of French occupation and reorganization in the 1792–1815 period had left a legacy of Francophilism and a predisposition to assume that events in France would spill beyond the national boundary, a predisposition which could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Germans had responded to the July Revolution with rebellion and political change in Brunswick, Hannover and Saxony. g. for village mayors, town councils 1848: Connected or Comparable Revolutions? 33 elected on French principles, trial by jury and the greater use of oral proceedings in the courts.

105 However, to whom did the revolution of 1848 belong? Was 1848 the revolution of the working class, or was it the first German 20 Axel Körner experience of a democratic parliamentary system – hence a ‘bourgeois revolution’? 106 The commemorations developed into a conflict over the parliamentary system between, on the one side, the future state party of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the Social Unity Party (SED), and the democratic parties, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), on the other.

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