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The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany

David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley


This book investigates the role of bourgeoisie society and the political developments of the nineteenth century in the peculiarities of German history. Most historians attribute German exceptionalism to the failure or absence of bourgeois revolution in German history and the failure of the bourgeoisie to conquer the pre-industrial traditions of authoritarianism. However, this study finds that there was a bourgeois revolution in Germany, though not the traditional type. This so-called silent bourgeois revolution brought about the emergence and consolidation of the capitalist system based on the ... More

Keywords: German history, bourgeoisie society, political developments, exceptionalism, authoritarianism, capitalist system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780198730583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198730583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Blackbourn, author

Geoff Eley, author