Archive for October, 2010

Nationalism and Race

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Before the Enlightenent Jews were not very welcome in Europe, they were “portrayed as murderers of Christ and as disloyal subjects” (the west, pg 571).  However during the enlightenment Europe started to ease up a little bit, things such as legal restrictions were were not as tough anymore. A jewish scholar by the name of Moses Mendelssohn  was not willing to give up on Jews having rights and urged other Jewish people to form to some of the European lifestyles and cultures.  During the 1880’s when things were just starting to look up and jews were becoming strong members of professions Alexander II was assassinated. Jews were wrongly blamed for this death and therefore were tortured, killed, children were hurt and lots of property was destroyed.


anti- Jewish Pogrom


Friday, October 1st, 2010

After the agricultural revolution, the population density did a massive overhaul. In the relatively short period that was the Industrial Revolution in England, their map completely changed. The two maps I found are great visuals for the change. Not only do they compare the locations of the masses that moved into the cities, but they also pinpoint areas known for coal, textiles, shipyards, salt and valuable metals. Clearly, the masses congregated around these places of booming industry.

The Steam Engine

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The steam engine, easily considered the most important invention of the Industrial Revolution was patented by James Watt but originally invented by Thomas Newcomen.