Category Archives: Western Civ

More’s Utopia

In 1516, political philosopher Thomas More published a book called Utopia. The novel is a satire and at the time it was aimed at literate people who would understand his writing style. The book centers on a traveler whose name … Continue reading

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The Outlaw of Law

Historian Richard Pipes once wrote, “Soviet Russia was the first society in history to outlaw law.” This statement is a little tough to wrap your head around the first time you read it. However, what he means by this is … Continue reading

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The Cause of WWI

Surely everyone knows that the cause for the First World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in June 28, 1914. However, to say that this assassination was the sole cause for World War 1 would be … Continue reading

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Modernism

In the 19th century there arose yet another movement that changed the way people perceived the entire world. This movement was known as Modernism. Unlike Neoclassicism its predecessor, who provided an emphasis on simplicity, order, and rationality, Modernism intended to … Continue reading

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Otto von Bismarck’s Kulturkampf

The term Kulturkampf is a German word, which refers to a series of legislation passed by Otto von Bismarck of Prussia in the 1870s. This legislation focused on silencing protests against the government from the Roman Catholic Church. From the … Continue reading

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The Second Industrial Revolution

During the 18th and 19th century the world went through the marvels of the industrial revolution. This event raised the standard of living for all people at the time. This revolution shortly transitioned into what is known as the second … Continue reading

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Problems with Marx’s Communism

Among all economic theories Marxist Communism is one of the most facetious. Although there are many problems with the theory, here are just two. It was Marx’s opinion that in a communistic society every person would have more autonomy. As … Continue reading

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Karl Marx

Although socialistic theories had existed for centuries, there is one man who became the backbone of all socialistic thought. This man is Karl Marx, who lived from 1843 to 1881. Most socialistic leaders or philosophers have drawn (or draw) their … Continue reading

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The July Revolution

It is no secret that during the late 18th century through the 19th century, France underwent a serious of painful revolutions. Starting with the infamous Reign of Terror France embarked into a period of order, disorder, and change. Upon the … Continue reading

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Neoclassicism

During the 18th century there arose a new wave of people who based their beliefs on the ancient period in western civilization. Since they focused on cultures such as Greece and Rome the movement is referred to as Neoclassicism. The … Continue reading

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