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We’ve come a long way since the French Revolution! Those first stirrings of radical democracy have since broadened and become systemic. Though many of the attempts we have seen at establishing liberal democracy and republican forms of government have failed, in general the march of progress (which is how they understood it at the time) […]

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Hi everyone! We are doing things a little differently this week, with a dedicated week to start researching your final papers. Your assignment this week is to: Either here in the comments, or in a personal email to me, propose your topic for the final paper. Take a look around the web to see what […]

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We talk a lot in this class about a pendulum of reason and emotion, rationality and irrationality, Romanticism and Enlightenment or industrialism. That’s a pattern in all human history, but one that is especially prominent in our period. As we near the end of the century, we can observe several competing trends all coming together […]

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For our session this week, we will discuss issues of gender, the family, and women’s (dis)empowerment during the era of high bourgeois culture. The industrialized and fully capitalist societies in northwestern Europe (primarily Britain, France, the low countries, Germany, Scandinavian countries) by the mid to late 19th century were basking in the confidence of increasingly […]

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To finish my experiment with spacing the posts, I bring you at last…. Richard Wagner. He is such a monumental figure that it’s easy to find information on him – check this official site for a variety of biographical material, interviews, and information about his works. But he is also a very problematic figure as […]

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So far in the course we have tended to concentrate on England and France — two of the most solid and successful states of the 18th and 19th centuries. Both of these states achieved early on a unified state and society: uncontested borders, coherent and rationalized language, single state-sponsored religion, and a culturally influential capital […]

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“A specter is haunting Europe… the specter of Communism.” That’s the famous opening sentence of this week’s reading, the dreaded Communist Manifesto. Marx wants to scare people. Let’s look at the choice of words: a spectre of Communism. I’m not sure if he intended it this way, but it is a telling phrase because spectres […]

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We began our discussion of the Industrial Revolution with one foot still in the past:  Shelley’s romantic (or anti-romantic) writings. But the Revolution was above all a time of looking forward to new ways of making things, new forms of social organization, and new problems to face. We now come fully into the age of […]

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