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Title: The West in the 19th Century

The West in the 19th Century
  • The End of the West?
  • and/or
  • The Birth of the Modern?

  • Were the achievements of the 19th century the
    pinnacle and culmination of Western culture?
  • Do the developments of the 19th century mark the
    final decline and tragic end of Western culture?

Topic Introduction
  • Mass Consumerism
  • Mass Politics
  • Mass Sport (Mass Leisure Culture)
  • Communications Revolution
  • Modern Science
  • Modern Art
  • Modern Philosophy

Le Bon Marche (Trans. The Good Deal)
  • the department store owners sole passion was
    the conquest of Woman. He wanted her to be the
    queen in his shop. He had built this temple for
    her in order to hold her at his mercy. His
    tactics were to intoxicate her with amorous
    attentions, to trade on her desires, and to
    exploit her excitement
  • (From The Ladies Paradise)

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Otto von Bismarck
  • Politics is the art of the possible.
  • The great questions of the day will not be
    settled by means of speeches and majority
    decisions but by iron and blood.
  • Just for fun God watches over idiots,
    drunkards, and the United States of America

Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee
Pierre de Coubertin
  • A country can truly call itself sporting when
    the majority of its people feel a personal need
    for sport.
  • For each individual, sport is a possible source
    for inner improvement.
  • May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this
    manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way
    through ages, increasing friendly understanding
    among nations, for the good of a humanity always
    more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure.

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Samuel B. Morse
  • What God hath Wrought

Turner Rain, Steam, and Speed (1844)
Charles Darwin
  • I have called this principle, by which each
    slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the
    term of Natural Selection.
  • Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
    probably arboreal in its habits.

Seligmann, German Surgeon Theodor Billroth at
Work in Vienna (1890)
Emile Zola
  • I am little concerned with beauty or perfection.
    I don't care for the great centuries. All I care
    about is life, struggle, intensity.
  • If you ask me what I came into this life to do,
    I will tell you I came to live out loud.

Monet Impression Sunrise 1874
Van Gogh Starry Night 1889
Kandinsky Composition VII (1913)
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • There are no eternal facts, as there are no
    absolute truths. There are no facts, only
    interpretations. There are no moral phenomena at
    all, but only a moral interpretation of
  • God is dead

Gaugin (1897) Where Do We Come From? What Are
We? Where Are We Going?
Coach Lerchs Final Thoughts
  • During the 19th century, all remaining aspects of
    the modern world come into being in the West
  • These, like the other isms, spread out and
    influence the entire world in the 20th century
  • What is the sum effect of these changes on the
    West? (Is it a good thing or not?)