A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Europe: 1789-1914 by Stefan Berger

By Stefan Berger

This significant other offers an summary of ecu heritage through the ''long'' 19th century, from 1789 to 1914. including 32 chapters written by means of top overseas students, it balances insurance of political, diplomatic and overseas heritage with dialogue of monetary, social and cultural issues. the quantity is split into six components, exploring: the assumption of ''Europeanness'' and the development of ecu identification, The transition from an agricultural society to 1 in accordance with commercial creation and foreign exchange, Political advancements, together with the ‘age of revolution’, Labour routine and the function of country and state, highbrow background, for instance the recent ideologies of Liberalism and SocialismThemes in cultural heritage, akin to literacy, technological know-how, policing and sexuality, the improvement of the overseas method of serious powers, and the comparable questions of conflict, empire and colonialism. all through, the members hide either jap and Western ecu states, together with Britain, and pay substantial consciousness to smaller nations in addition to to the good powers. in addition they explicitly evaluate specific phenomena and advancements throughout Europe as a complete.

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The internal and the external dimensions of European history demonstrate how a certain specificity of European modernity emerged, and keeps being transformed, in processes of cultural construction. With the benefit of hindsight, one can see that the separation of contentious issues – such as religion, language, degree of social commitment – has often been chosen as a temporary solution to political disputes over cultural diversity. Such separation, however, has never provided a long-term resolution of these issues.

In the distance we spy the sea. America, meanwhile, stands alone in a palm-tree landscape, with an alligator behind and with a parrot and a bow and arrow in her hands. She has a naked torso and a feather headdress. ”6 The relative portrayal of the continents is employed to enforce the grandeur and civilization of Europe, while the exotic alterity of America, Asia, and Africa is here part of forming the identity of the civilized Europeans. There was, therefore, a tradition of representing Europe and her sister continents, which started at the time of the Renaissance, and continued right throughout the nineteenth century.

Belgium is portrayed as a maternal young woman, offering succor and comfort to some children who represent the colony, which was a traditional way of showing the colonial relationship, but an especially ironic one in the case of Belgium. The nation dated only from 1839, and the public was generally uninterested in colonial pretensions. However, its monarch Leopold II had set up in the Belgian Congo the most infamous terror regime; he was publicly indicted in foreign parliaments for his brutal rule of systematic violence and asset stripping.

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