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What People are Saying

Winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize given by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History Award

“An important and highly readable contribution to Hungarian and Habsburg history.”—Robert Nemes, Austrian Studies Newsletter

“Freifeld brings liberal Hungary to life by focusing her attention on ‘the chastened crowd’ that replaced the revolutionary crowd of 1848–1849.”—Lee Congdon, American Historical Review

“Freifeld’s subject is the cohesive power of nationalism; the people in her book are essentially supportive of authority, provided it can be seen to represent the purposes of the nation.… A refreshing work, written with verve and wit.”—R.J.W. Evans, English Historical Review

“Freifeld not only discusses the actions and sentiments of the politicians, as is done in most of the works on this period, but she discusses the efforts of the common people who sought to change the system in which they lived.… Nationalism and the Crowd most certainly deserves acclaim for its research, originality, and presentation.”—Judith Fai-Podlipnik, History

“Freifeld’s book stands as a rich panoply of public action in nineteenth-century Hungary.”—Paul Hanebrink, Journal of Modern History

Chapter List

1. The Chastened Crowd

2. The Crowd as Threshold of the Nation

3. Crowds Shaking Nations

4. The Martyrology of Revolutionary Defeat

5. The Unquiet Wait

6. The Emergence of the Chastened Crowd

7. The Celebration of Compromise

8. The Exhibition of Liberalism

9. Memorializing

10. The Loss of the Streets

11. Epilogue: 1989

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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