Hist 2c, L 13: Political/Social/Cultural Revolution
by Prof. H. Marcuse, May 13, 2003

Question: What causes BIG change to happen in history?
Short answer: Lack of balance in multiple areas.

Announcements: EAP, midterm evaluations,
paper Thursday (CLAS), sections

  1. Dislocations in the early 20th century
  2. Portrayals of the Russian Revolution


Fall of the Qing

World War I: Int'l Factor & World History


The Versailles Treaty and the World

Global ramifications

Source interpretation: Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali poet, one of first non-Europeans to win Nobel Prize for literature)

"Has not this truth already come home to you now when this cruel war has driven its claws into the vitals of Europe? When her hoard of wealth is bursting into smoke and her humanity is shattered on her battlefields? You ask in amazement what she has done to deserve this? The answer is, that the West has been systematically petrifying her moral nature in order to lay a solid foundation for her gigantic abstractions of efficiency. She has been all along starving the life of the personal man into that of the professional."

Types of Change

Video Clips 1 & 2

CNN: What is left of the Russian Revolution?What influence does history have on today?

Russian Revolution

Film Clip 3

Sergei Eisenstein: What causes people NOT to do what they are "supposed" (told) to?

Film Clip 4

Sergei Eisenstein: Again: what is left of this legacy?
lecture by H. Marcuse on 5/13/03; outline prepared for web on 5/14/03.
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