Archive for the ‘Chapter 21: Global Empire and European Culture’ Category

The Night Café

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Theory of Evolution

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Darwins theory of evolution

Freud and the Unconscious

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Scientific Racism

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Modern Physics: Marie Curie

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Major Works of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries cont.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

1886 - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil – philosophical literature where Nietzsche accuses philosophers for lacking critical sense and blindly accepting Christianity as a consideration of morality.  He also discusses good and evil.
1900 – Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams –  argued that dreams were specific expressions of unconscious desires that the conscious self struggles to suppress.  This allowed scientists to better explain conscious behavior and help treat neurotic illnesses.
1905 – Albert Einstein, One the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies – published in a scientific journal, these articles contributed to the foundation of modern physics and changed peoples views of space, time, and matter.
1925 – Franz Kafka, The Trial – story of an arrest and prosecution by remote inaccessible authority.  The Trial was never completed but included a chapter to bring an end to the story.
1928 – D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover – story of a women whose husband was paralyzed/impotent, therefore she begins an affair with a gamekeeper.

Major Works of teh Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Ceneturies

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

1859 – Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection – scientific literature that raised fundamental questions about the time frame and process of creation.  Introduced a model to explain how creatures came to existence, which challenged the theory of divine intervention.  It proposed the principle of natural selection as a process of evolution.
1867 – John Stuart Mill, The Subjectivity of Women – essay written which stated an argument for equality between sexes.

1871 – Charles Darwin, Descent of Man – scientific work in which he applies his theory of evolution to human beings.
1878 – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina – regarded as the pinnacle of realistic fiction.  Tale of love and adultery in a high society Moscow and St. Petersburg setting and the disastrous love affair between Anna and the army officer, Count Vronsky.

1879 – Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House – play written about a typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her husband.  This is often regarded as the first true feminist play.

The Last Survivor: George Ives

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This video tell the story of the last surviving veteran of the Boer War, George Ives.  George Ives was born November 17, 1881 in Brighton, England.  In 1899, he enlisted in the Army.  After the war he married and had six children.  But after Britain joined World War one Ives could no longer enlist.  George Ives died April 12, 1993 at the age of 111.

Battle Lines: Last Boer War Veteran

The Boer War

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Boer war was a conflict between the British empire and the Boer republic during 1899 through 1902.  Before the conflict began, gold was discovered in Transvaal.  This discovery resulted in a sudden rush of thousands of British miners to the Boer republic.  Due to this influx of British miners, the Boers decided to allow the miners to acquire only second class citizenship, pay higher taxes, and would not be allowed to receive the right to vote.  Unhappy British miners revolted with the British Empire to back them.  Unable to defeat the British Empire, the Boers signed the Treaty of Vereeniging, which made Transvaal a British colony.

Cecil Rhodes

Monday, November 15th, 2010

As shown in this picture, Cecil Rhodes was often depicted as a man who greedily went to Africa to drain them of their natural resources and exploit slavery to add on to his own wealth.  In this picture Rhodes is in the center with the label “England”.  He is in the form of an octopus to show his multiple arms having a hold on each colony of Africa and their resources.