The Romantic Revolution: A History by Tim Blanning --244 pages
The Romantic Revolution was a period in history when artists, writers, and intellectuals moved away from what they saw as the sterility, and materialism of the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment. The time frame discussed is roughly 1760 to 1840, and the author confidently surveys a wide sweep of European history and culture in a relatively brief book. The writers, composers, and artists often labeled as Romantics actually had a wide range of views on religion, and politics, but all emphasized the centrality of the human experience. Some could be considered rather conservative, and others extremely radical in their day. Overall, the author provides a very engaging college course for the reader.