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“Erection of Barricades”
German Confederation, about 1850
Construction toy
Wood, paper
© European Union 2016 / House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

The revolutionaries across Europe challenged aristocratic privileges and traditional orders. In particular, the revolutions of 1848-1849 were a milestone in the fight for equality, self-determination and human rights, goals which have strong echoes for our own times.