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UCSB Hist 133A, Fall 2006 (133a homepage)
19th Century Germany, Nov. 20, 2006
Prof. Marcuse (homepage)
Wilhelmine Culture / Man of Straw
(previous lecture, next lecture)
- Q8 due; Web Option handout--questions?
- Sign-up sheet for submission date and oral presentations
- Dec. 6 (Wed.) : student presentations
- Did (how did) Germany's unique "bourgeois culture" affect the history of the Kaiserreich?
- "Bourgeois revolution:" Marxist term for hypothetical development
- Actual historical developments: program of political liberalism vs. economic liberalism
- Who are the agents: "from below" vs. "from above;" how much democracy
Conditions for industrial capitalism:
- removal of impediments to trade and competition
- "free" markets for real estate and goods
- ?equality of all citizens before the law
- ?separation of church and state
- laws governing production and commerce
- emphasis on ability, not birth
- feedback loop between consumers and producers
Conditions for democracy:
- representatives of electorate
- free elections
- freedom of speech, of assembly, of association, of the press
- equal access to public education
- certain (cultural) attitude of all citizens to accept compromise and abide by rules
Heinrich Mann: Man of Straw discussion
- I'd like to discuss some of the relationships in this novel to see whether they support the postion of "Feudalization of the bourgeoisie," as opposed to "Embourgeoisiement of the aristocracy."
- We started out with a character map radiating out from Diederich, starting with his veteran father who used the easy post-1871 money to buy a rags-to-paper machine, and his buddy Göppel.
- Who represented the aristocracy?
- for background on the novel itself see the handout, which includes links to info on Mann.
prepared for web by H. Marcuse on Nov. 20, 2006, updated: 11/x/06
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