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Lecture 17

HIST285 Lecture 17: Lecture #17 - HIST 285 - LegacyPremium

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Department
History
Course Code
HIST285
Professor
Dr.Brian Gold
Lecture
17

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Legacy Perceptions of Christianity; Karl Marx, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Framework
Internalized Eurocentrism & Contemporary Chinese Nationalism
Karl Marx Hegelian dialectical turned materialist
SOCIALISM: Coined in 1820s by French thinkers and circles
o Karl Marx socialism writing in 1900s
Science of economics
Finds followers later in the century
Vladimir Lenin causes Revolution (revolutionary socialism)
in 1917
IMPORTANT DUE TO THE IMMENSE INFLUENCE HE HAS FOR MOST
OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Interested in the Taiping Rebellion (sees it as a revolution)
Only for a bit though
Also, interested in the US Civil War
Very interested in Hegel
Working with the idea of A UNIVERSAL HUMAN NATURE (just
like Adam Smith would believe)
o Hegel + Marx = understanding of human affairs can be made as a science
(like Newton with physical sciences) SOCIAL SCIENCES
o Marxism is associated with Communism
It has the secret of history (THIS WILL HAPPEN)
Eurocentrism: We’re on the path of progress and modernity and
everyone will follow this path
Great confidence = THIS IS THE WAY!
Read as much as he can about China but only know as much as the Westerners
MATERIAL CONDITION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVER OF HISTORY
o Ideas mean NOTHING
o Everything you know about the world, your history, everything is a
PRODUCT OF YOUR ECONOMICS
Material = food, housing, machines and tools you use
They create YOU, YOU DON’T CREATE THEM (you can’t
anyways)
PRODUCT OF YOUR CLASS
o The material conditions really affect us more than we realize
HISTORY-TECHNOLOGY
o Social impact?
o Conservatism dates to French Revolution
Hegel Dialectics
Thesis
Counter thesis
Resolution (synthesis of those two ideas)
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