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UCSB Hist 133A, Fall 2006 (133a
19th Century Germany, Oct. 9, 2006
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Napoleon and the German States
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- Did the French Revolution modernize "Germany," or halt a period of
To what extent did the Napoleonic Phase of the French Revolution
modernize which German states?
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
- "Child" vs. "Gravedigger" of the Revolution
- 1795 "Whiff of Grapeshot;" Director; 1799-1804 First Consul; 1804-14
& Mar-June 1815 Emperor
- 1792, Sept: Cannonade of Valmy--HRE's general Duke of Brunswick retreats.
Goethe: "Here and now a new epoch of world history is starting. You
can say you were there."
Underlying Changes, 1750-1850;
model of causality in history
- feedback on Q1
- Types/categories of underlying causal factors:
Economic (mode of production; resources)
Elites and LEaders (individual & small group decisions
by power holders)
Ideology & Information (what people believe will happen)
peOple (especially when they Oppose the status quo)
All of these things interact within constraints set by institutions,
traditions -> "culture"
Names to watch out for (in readings for this week):
W. v. Humboldt
The German States and the French Revolution (see textbook chap. 1!-prepare
- Württemberg, Baden
- Westphalia, Berg
- Read Schulze, S2-4 (pp. 109-119)
- Relate the EIEO concepts to the factors that could bring about change
mentioned in those sources.
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