Archive for August, 2010

Chapter 24

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Whats poppin everybody? Just making my first post, more info coming soon.

Chapter 20.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Chapter 20: The Consolidation of Nation States

Larger Issue: Is nationalism a constructive force in the modern age?

Italian Unification

The Creation of Modern Germany

Constitutional Change in France and Britain

The Waning of the Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires

The United States and Western Europe

Nationalism and Race

Plague Art

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Chapter 15 briefly touches on the “Black Death” and its effect on the amount of food produced in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe. Basically, once the plague and crop failures became commonplace in the 13th century, the continent wasn’t particularly hospitable for the next 400 years. I was looking for a piece of art that captured the terror and desolation caused by the plague, and I think this pretty much encompasses those concepts.



Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Hey guys! Just hitting up the blog!

Chapter 17- Rebellion and Revolution: American Independence and the French Revolution

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Just saying hi!

Chapter 19: The Age of Ideology in Westen Europe.

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Just saying Hi! Hopefully I can find some really cool stuff to share about chapter 19.


Friday, August 27th, 2010

Just saying hello

Chapter 14: The Early Modern State

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Society in early modern Europe


The period which is referred to as the Ancien Regime or Old Regime lasted from 1650 to 1785.  During the Ancien Regime, Europe’s aristocrats, a small portion of the population, continued to dominate the political, religious, economic, and social life.  The aristocracies were the “natural leaders” of society, including politically and in the military.  Aristocrats enjoyed many privileges.  In France, nobles were exempt from the taille, or taxes.  Polish nobles were also exempt from taxes after 1741.  German states, Russia, Austria, and Hungary also were exempt from taxes and were given serfs, or plebian servants bound to their estates.  The aristocracy was all powerful, and because of this, over 50 peasant revolts occurred in the 1760’s alone.

An aristocrat from the Ancien Regime –

Peasants, Serfs, and Family Life

During the Ancien Regime, famine, war, and disease were a constant threat in daily life.  Peasants, or servants of the aristocracy, were a part of the poor working class.  In England and France, most peasants were free workers, however in German states, Poland, and Russia, most peasants were serfs, bound to an estate and a noble.  Most members of the poor working class rarely traveled more than a few miles from their place of birth and often worked in a rural setting, living of livestock and crops.  Peasants were able to own land, however it was small and often not enough to provide their family with good living conditions.

Peasants working in a field –

Ancien Regime – France

Spy Games

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Although not nearly what happened during the Cold War one of the greatest questions asked about the age is who would have won a fight between the CIA and the KGB. While the posted video is not hardly enough to provide an answer to this question Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior attempted to answer that question. The results are interesting and the video is a great way to get a small view into the world of spy games. Click the link above to watch the tests!×90.jpg

Welcome to Western Civilization II

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This is the course space for Professor Al-Tikriti’s Western Civilization II course at the University of Mary Washington for the Fall 2010. semester.