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HIST 1260: Europe 1789-1939

HIST 1260: Europe 1789-1939

1. In 19th -century Europe, ordinary individuals could visit (if they could pay admission) “human zoo” displays of individuals transported from distant areas of the globe.  In an essay, examine these late- 18th and 19th-century developments and perspectives: nationalism and “national identity”, the Jewish Enlightenment, Bismarck and universal suffrage (for men), and the 1848 revolutions within the larger context of the concept of human value (for example: how humans are valued at this time of 1770-1880), what people understood as “value” in human beings).  Consider in your essay ALSO at LEAST TWO (2) historical intersections from this period between Enlightenment values, nationalism, and crime/punishment.  Last – do you think the proletariat could argue at this time that they constituted a “nation”?  Why/ why not?

2.Industrialization was rapidly incorporated in the 19th century into a concept of progress.  What do you think 19th-century Europeans perceived as evidence of progress in their society?  In an essay consider this question, and as well discuss the main components of the Industrial Revolution.  Include in your essay an analysis of utopian socialism and jingoism/xenophobia.  In what role were the Asian hemisphere and the African continent to participate in progress in the 19th century?  What did the Congress of Vienna (1814/1815) contribute, in your perspective, to the emerging concept of progress among European nations and leader?  (primary source letter of Lin Tse-Hsü must be a reference used in this essay)

3. In an essay examine three primary sources that we handled in our discussions this term:  1) Emmeline Pankhurst “Why We are Militant”; Moses Mendelssohn “What is Enlightenment”, and Francis Palacky “History of the Czech Nation in Bohemia and Moravia”, as you consider the following: What would you argue constitutes “effective occupation” of political rights in 19th-century and very early 20th-century Europe?  Consider the Principle of Effective Occupation, as I described it in lecture as you conduct your analysis in this essay.  Is possessing a region or a territory the same as possessing political rights?  Why/ why not?  What do you think Moses Mendelssohn would say to Emmeline Pankhurst about her arguments for the right of women to participate in a political destiny?  How would the Czech experience of nationalism have intersected with Mendelssohn’s notions of destiny?

 
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