- Oct 2009
Apart from a few bits (namely the Napoleonic and American Civil wars), I've often felt that the 19th Century in general gets surprisingly little attention. For every one English-language book about the Franco-Prussian War, that's a bookcase you could fill with books about Napoleon. I wonder why.Lots of French people and French history buffs can go on for days about the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, but talk about the Revolution of 1848, which had a huge impact on mid-late nineteenth century European political and intellectual history, and you are more likely to hear crickets than spirited discussion. Most anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of European history is familiar with the works of eighteenth century French intellectuals Voltaire and Rousseau, considerably less of equally influential nineteenth century French intellectuals such as Auguste Comte (the founder of Sociology) and Charles Fourier (the most influential Utopian Socialist).