Archive for the 'Chapter 19: The Age of Ideology in Western Europe' Category

Honore Daumier, a notable French political cartoonist

Friday, February 17th, 2012

  This is a political cartoon drawn by the French Honore Daumier depicting King Louis Philippe, the final monarch of France before its revolution, feeding on the labor of the nation’s peasants. Daumier was considered notorious by French rule, and the government attempted, unsuccessfully and eventually desperately, to censor his candidly negative depictions of royalty; […]

Waning of ballet in favor of opera in Italy during the Revolutions of 1848

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

There appears to be a lack of musical materials for ballets in the 1830s and 1840s, which is in part due to the dearth of publishing of keyboard reductions of ballets. Contributing to decline in materials may have been the prohibition of gambling in the 1820s, cited by Hansell, which had provided much of the main theatres’ budgets. Certainly […]

Britain Civil Rights

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Four decades following the American Revolutionary War a similar series of events was stirring in the midst of Britain.  Severe inequality had developed between the landowning and poverty-stricken populations of the country, and by 1815 <5% of the male population had achieved suffrage. Additionally, redistricting issues plagued the country with political instability.  Parliamentary reapportionment (or, […]


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Beethoven\’s Moonlight Sonata There are numerous ways of capturing the heart of the Romance movement- perhaps, none better than the language of the written note. German-born Ludwig van Beethoven demonstrated a refined sense of the movement that was sweeping through the 18th and 19th centuries.  Immediately preceding his era of music was the Classical Age, […]

The Effects of the Industrial Revolution

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The complex developments of the 18th and 19th centuries in European culture are often categorized as a historical movement that was succeeded by a disproportionate influence.  The progression of Charles Townshend’s crop rotation and the innovation of Jethro Tull’s seed drill seemed like simple enough endeavors- output was increased, carrying population’s were expanded, and world […]

19th Century Liberalism- Benjamin Constant

Friday, February 5th, 2010

After the French Revolution, Europe entered an Age of Ideology. One ideology which emerged in the early 19th century was liberalism.  Liberals represented a resurgence of Enlightenment ideals because they believed in inherent rights of individuals and limited influence of the church in government. Benjamin Constant was an influental liberal writer and political figure in […]

Utilitarianism: In Play in the Modern World

Friday, January 29th, 2010

From Chapter 19, the following is a brief video synopsis of an episode of Lost entitled “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham.”  Jeremy Bentham is considered one of the founding members of Utilitarian Socialism, a prevalent idea from the chapter. Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham This demonstrates the influence that Bentham’s ideas have […]