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Why is no one in Europe celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolutions, "the springtime of the peoples"? Robert Taylor says it is because the failures of 1848 cast forward a dark shadow

By Robert Taylor   March 1998

This ought to be a time for celebration across Europe. In less than six months, most of the western part of the continent will begin the move towards economic and monetary union, in what will be a defining moment in European history. This spring also marks the 150th anniversary of the revolutions of 1848-a reminder that Europeans share a common liberal democratic heritage. But the anniversary is passing largely unnoticed. Perhaps this is evidence of the lack of a “European” consciousness, but it also reflects the ambiguity of the events themselves.

During the early months of 1848 much of Europe…

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