POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: German Idealism, Class Conflict, Class Consciousness

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15 Nov 2012
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The Rise of the West and Marxism
Origins of Modern World Economy
Twin "Revolutions" 15th-19th century
Agricultural and industrial revolution
Industrial Revolution
Originates in late 18th century England
More appropriately designated as a revolution
Amount of iron processed into steel in English factories
Produced large changes in domestic consumption
Consequences
Luxuries to decencies, decencies to necessities
Distribution highly uneven but now creation of the middle class that had risen from
manual labour to professional or entrepreneurial status
Social Results
1. The Capacity to produce surplus
2. Increasing complexity of division of labour
3. New forms of social consciousness
Political Consequences
Demise of Royal Absolutism
Victory of parliament over kings
Selection of leaders by election
Rise of political parties
Universal rights without reference to class
Need to accommodate new groups within politics
Marx
Asked how to analyze society?
What does one look for first
Queens and Kings?
Dominant Ideas?
The food they eat, alcohol they drink
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Origins of modern world economy: twin revolutions 15th-19th century, agricultural and industrial revolution. Industrial revolution: originates in late 18th century england, more appropriately designated as a revolution, amount of iron processed into steel in english factories, produced large changes in domestic consumption. Consequences: luxuries to decencies, decencies to necessities, distribution highly uneven but now creation of the middle class that had risen from manual labour to professional or entrepreneurial status. Social results: the capacity to produce surplus, increasing complexity of division of labour, new forms of social consciousness. Political consequences: demise of royal absolutism, victory of parliament over kings, selection of leaders by election, rise of political parties, universal rights without reference to class, need to accommodate new groups within politics. Marx: asked how to analyze society, what does one look for first, queens and kings, dominant ideas, the food they eat, alcohol they drink. The good part taken out of us and rules over us.

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