The Romantic Revolution

The Romantic Revolution Three great revolutions rocked the world around The first two the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution have inspired the greatest volume of literature But the third the romantic revolu

  • Title: The Romantic Revolution
  • Author: Timothy C.W. Blanning
  • ISBN: 9780753828656
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three great revolutions rocked the world around 1800 The first two the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution have inspired the greatest volume of literature But the third the romantic revolution was perhaps the most fundamental and far reaching From Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Burns, to Beethoven, Wagner, Berlioz, Rossini and Liszt, to Goya, TurneThree great revolutions rocked the world around 1800 The first two the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution have inspired the greatest volume of literature But the third the romantic revolution was perhaps the most fundamental and far reaching From Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Burns, to Beethoven, Wagner, Berlioz, Rossini and Liszt, to Goya, Turner, Delacroix and Blake, the romantics brought about nothing less than a revolution when they tore up the artistic rule book of the old regime This was the period in which art acquired its modern meaning for the first time the creator, rather than the created, took centre stage Artists became the high priests of a new religion, and as the concert hall and gallery came to take the place of the church, the public found a new subject worthy of veneration in paintings, poetry and music Tim Blanning s wide ranging survey traces the roots and evolution of a cultural revolution whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

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  • Timothy C.W. Blanning

    Timothy Charles William Blanning Blanning, FBA is a retired Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge His work focuses on the history of Europe from the 17th century to the beginning of the First World War.


  • This is a very short book divided between two ideas: the Romantic as a revolution or absolute outwardness and the Romantic as Hegel's "absolute inwardness". Blanning's central insight is that "European culture has not repeated itself cyclically but has developed dialectically." (p181) Romanticism replacing the Enlightenment simply "a new phase in the long running dialectic between a culture of feeling and a culture of reason" (p8). The geographical focus of the book is mostly on Britain, France [...]

  • I absolutely loved this book. It covers a very great deal, and is very informative, while remaining a light, easy and fun read. Nice when an author can pull that off! There were enough references to Keats to please me, along with a lack of embarrassment about the sexy side of Romanticism, and extra interest was added by some useful examples of creative works that were new to me (though as you've probably gathered I've read a fair bit about the period by now). Even more intriguingly, the tale beg [...]

  • Good overview of Romanticism and what it meant for Europe's art scene, writing, music, philosophy, culture, history, and psyche.

  • A fine short introduction to the Romantic movement. Clear prose, all the major figures are dealt with, and the inclusion of a list of suggested further reading will lead the curious reader elsewhere.

  • Trying to widen my understanding of the Romantic writers. I tend to resist nonfiction but I found this enjoyable.

  • THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION. (2011). Tim Blanning. **.This was a book in the series from The Modern Library in their “Chronicles” group. I have read several of the entries, and, in general, have found them to be entertaining and informative. This selection was an exception. I found it to be boring. The author was obviously writing for the already well-informed members of the topic. If, perchance, you come across a reference to an author of the period that you have heard of, you can be sure to ne [...]

  • Overall this is a good overview of the Romantic movement and its historical contexts; the reaction against the excesses of the French Revolution and the almost antiseptic reason of the Enlightenment created a wealth of art, literature, and music based on medieval mythology and nascent forms of nationalism. However I feel that the author maintains a rather narrow analysis; for instance, colonialism is rarely mentioned despite its impact on the era and even more lacking is any discussion of race. [...]

  • The author of the book is Tim Blanning, a respected British historian and academic. His book was originally published in 2010 and the version being reviewed here is the Croatian translation, published by Alfa two years later (2012), with the literally translated title. The public discourse is more or less familiar with the three major revolutions that occurred since the end of the 18th century. Those are the French Revolution in 1789, the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, and the Social [...]

  • Great thematic overview of the Romantic Revolution as well as a view into the historiography. However due to all of the names of people involved it would be if there was a list which you could consult.

  • A brief but excellent and informative overview of Romanticism. Detailed notes and bibliography mean that this is a book I will refer to often in the future.

  • (From: thesecondtransition.c)I am not new the philosophy, and neither to enlightenment. However, until this year when I took this amazing course covering all its classics from Plato and The Greeks, Epicurus, Epictetus, and the Bible, to Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, William E. B. DuBois, and the Frankfurt School - until now, I knew about it, but I did not know it. Now, at least I know what I don't know. It gave me the basics skills on how to go on and read, analyze and understand on my own [...]

  • Although “by its nature, romanticism does not lend itself to precise definition”, this is a coherent and very readable introduction. Blanning even manages to interest a reader like me who finds romantic poetry and art too full of mawkish sentimentality and overblown emotion. My initial aim was simply to understand how romanticism arose as a backlash against the “cold and sterile” rationality of the C18 Enlightenment, which Blanning admits is an over-simplification.Rousseau with his origi [...]

  • This is short, 190 odd page introduction to the basic tenets of what Romanticism was, its beliefs, its proponents, its historical location in society and the era it developed within. Its a whirlwind study, and Tim Blanning condenses the books main focus with a prose that it not too bogged down academically, but rather quite straightforwardly written, by covering the main characters and artistic works whom are associated with this artistic and cultural movement. Romanticism essentially was a reac [...]

  • For anyone interested in what romanticism truly means (and meant for the ones who embodied it -or fought it), and how it did change our culture and our ways of thinking, this is essential reading. The good thing is that it's also an extremely entertaining and enthralling read. Blanning's knowledge is quite astounding, but he writes in such a spirited, passionate, intelligent way that he vividly shares all that he knows with the reader, instead of just imposing it in an academic and boring way - [...]

  • Blanning writes in a way that is extraordinarily accessible given the subject, and with a good humor that can be hard to come by in historical texts of any topic. The first two sections - the crisis of the age of reason and the dark side of the moon - are insightful, at times poetic, and thoroughly explore such aspects of romanticism as the cult of genius, the emotionalization of intellect, the new fascination with night, and the new perspective on mental insanity. Yet the third section - langua [...]

  • من الكتب السهلة الممتعة المنفعيه ، عن الدار العربية للعلوم ناشرونالثورة الرومانسية ضد التنويرين فشمس التنوير تضي ولا تدفئ بقيادة روسو ، العودة الى الذات ، العقل يشعر والقلب يفكر ،اكثر الفنون ارتفعت بالرومانسيه هي الموسيقى ، فكل الفنون تحتاج لوساطة العقل عدا الموسيقى تلج م [...]

  • A fascinating and informative, and even inspiring, cultural history of an age. I would have liked to see a little more about the English Romantic poets, other than Byron (who, as Blanding points out, was lionized as the supreme Romantic without being a Romantic at all), but on the other hand, I know something about them, and I learned a lot about figures I barely knew, if at all. Particularly fascinating was the last chapter, about the death and rebirth and death and rebirth of the Romantic spir [...]

  • A short but penetrating investigation into the Romantic movement and its impact on culture, art and society. The author also appraises the ongoing legacy that the movement is having on our contemporary culture. There are some useful illustrations as well, and colour plates in the hardback edition that I read. This is a very good introduction to the topic for those interested in Romanticism as both a social movement and a literary one. A good companion piece to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and t [...]

  • A solid overview of the Romantic Revolution, with a generous set of illustrations – which, ironically, convinced me that Romanticism can't be summarized. For even the barest historical understanding, at the certain risk of being ridiculous, Romanticism's poetry, music, art, fiction and philosophy have to be experienced as passionately as possible. Even in the work of a historian as gifted as Blanning, facts are merely footnotes.

  • An accessible, breezy, broad-minded defense of European Romanticism as a distinct cultural movement and moment with an eye for telling quotations and teeming with reproduced images (some even in color).

  • This is a terrific, concise, densely packed history of the essence of Romanticism, both the "moment" and the movement. It articulates a useful interpretation of the key elements and figures and suggests countless avenues for further exploration. Highly readable and instructive.

  • Good introduction to the reaction to the Enlightenment and classicism during the late 18th and early 19th century known as Romanticism. The book is short, but filled with ideas. German thought and culture dominates, which I knew very little about.

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