I'm trying to understand the effect that the German 'Sonderweg' had on the Revolution of 1848 in Germany. Are there authoritative/canonical references that would help? PS: Since I also speak German and Spanish, any article/book in English, German or Spanish is also accepted ;)

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    Questions for this forum must be phrased and framed in such a way as to allow for a definitive answer. This question neither meets this standard, not appears to have even been intended to. Please read the faq on how to ask a question. Jan 11, 2019 at 18:27
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    Could you rephrase that from a request for literature to an actual problem? (Guessing that you read Wikipedia and Wehler/Winkler…) Try to demonstrate your prior research and what problems arise from that for you. Something like "How/why can the revolution of 1848 be interpreted as the start/part of the Sonderweg, given that [I found the following conflicting (info/discrepancies/bad explanation) in XY]? Jan 12, 2019 at 12:50
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    I've made what I hope is a friendly edit. @Drmathva, could you validate? Is this sufficient for reopen? Or would you like to revise further? The question is still rather broad, but I hope that I've focused it to a question, rather than a request for discussion/sources.
    – MCW
    Jan 12, 2019 at 22:00
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    The question doesn't ask about the effect of the 1848 revolution on the Sonderweg, as LangLang's version does - and I agree that such a question would be very broad. The question is the opposite, that is, whether the 1848 revolution has been seen as an effect of Sonderweg. I don't see as too broad an answer summarising if 1848 revolution in Germany has been seen as very different from 1848 revolution in other places and whether such differences are claimed to be attributed to the same Sonderweg that allegedly leaded to Nazism.
    – Pere
    Jan 12, 2019 at 22:55
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    @Dr.Mathva: It's in the queue for consideration, with now 3, of 5 needed, votes to reopen recorded. I believe there is a strong chance it will be reopened sometime this morning. Our diamond moderators generally use a light touch, allowing the community to adjudicate most such questions, which has worked well for us. Jan 13, 2019 at 12:02

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I would recommend these articles: http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249978.003.0006 https://www.jstor.org/stable/40108749?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/iakh/HIS2351/h11/undervisningsmateriale/HIS2351_Kocka_HistoryBefore%20Hitler.pdf

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    Link-only answers are generally frowned upon on SE. While this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the links for reference. This way our answer would remain valid even in case of link rot Jan 18, 2019 at 13:35

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