Archive for October, 2012

E.P. Thompson, Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

E.P. Thompson’s article is fundamentally about human perception of time and how it changed over the years.  At first time was something that just passed until, Thompson argues, time became a commodity– that people exchanged their time and services for money.  Thompson’s thesis is that human progression into industrial capitalism influenced our apprehension as to the function of time.

Thompson asks the simple research questions, how was time spent prior to industrial capitalism.  In some cultures time was related to how farm chores progressed or with a sundial.  How did the clock from there revolutionize time?  What did the pocket watch mean to people?  How did the relationship between time, bosses, and workers change with this new comprehension?

The conclusion seems to be that Thompson was correct, the relationship between employer, employee, and the dreaded clock became an intimate one over time.  He concludes that this change developed unnoticeably but many things progress like this in history.  It is a very interesting piece because most people nowadays just assume that this is how things have always been, but then, so everyone has assumed that in history.

Reviewing the Literature of the Decision to use the Atomic Bombs against Japan

Friday, October 26th, 2012


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Literature Review Trent Affair

Friday, October 26th, 2012

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Cohen article

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Cohen article discussed the subject of homosexuality in Ancient Greece. Specifically, it discussed whether or not homosexuality was truly an acceptable practice as viewed by the Athenians.  This article is meant as a basic analysis of what the sexual views of the Athenians were. In doing so, it asks the question: was homosexuality truly accepted in Ancient Athens? Cohen looks at the answer from two perspectives. The first perspective is the legal perspective. Legally, homosexuality was accepted. If one were going from this perspective alone, one would assume that homosexuality was universally accepted. However, Cohen points out that there is a second perspective that one must take into account when studying controversial subjects, such as homosexuality. That perspective is the sociological perspective. Though homosexuality may have been legally permissible within Athens, socially it was more looked down upon. These two aspects are not interrelated.  In doing this, the article presents a sociological analysis of what the sexual norms were in Athens at the time.

The Cohen article shows us how history can reflect current views on controversial subjects. The commonly held belief among many people is that homosexuality was accepted without question in Ancient Athens. The purpose of the Cohen article was to challenge this acceptance, and provide evidence supporting the fact that homosexuality was not universally accepted at the time.

Lit Review Final

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Communism and Literature Regarding the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

History 299 Lit Review Final Draft

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Click here to see a PDF of my final draft Lit Review.

Literature review

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This is my Lit Review Final for my paper.

Soboul and Furet

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The French Revolution is an event which is seen both as the emergence of liberty and capitalism in France and as a force of execution and terror against the enemies of the Revolution. Both of these viewpoints are represented by Soboul and Furet, respectively.

In his article, Soboul centers his argument around the fact that the French Revolution was a needed cause which brought an end to feudalism and led to the rise of a capitalist democratic system. He argues that the revolution ended the horrible institution of a feudal system which oppressed the many peasants of France and kept them trapped under the burden of taxes and ever rising food costs which were hardly matched by a slowly rising average wage. Further, he states that the revolution was key to bringing about ideas of religious freedom; an idea which had been ignored after the English Revolution.

Furet, on the other hand, seemingly ignores the positive after-effects of the French Revolution by arguing that, while it did bring about some positives, it cannot be ignored that the revolution led to the deaths of thousands. The Terror, he claims, was an embarrassment to all who supported the revolution. In fact, he claims that the year of 1793, the height of the terror, is generally ignored among the events of the Revolution as a whole.

These two historians show the two sides of one of the most well-known events in history. Through the eyes of one historian, the war brought peace and capitalism to a land which was once ruled by rich tyrants while the vast majority were left to starve and die. Through the eyes of the other can be seen the grave horror of the Revolution: a group of what may arguably be called murders were attempting the overthrow of a government which had led to the deaths of thousands, a sort of life-for-a-life paradox which is more often than not overlooked or is viewed as an inevitable consequence of war.

Cohen- Homosexuality in Ancient Greece

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

David’s Cohen “Homosexuality in Ancient Greece” determines to examine the ways in which the ancient Greeks, mainly the Athenians, saw homosexuality. Cohen begins with an overview of the actual laws in Greece dealing with the matter. He describes Athen’s judicial rulings, and delves further into the matter of gays. Cohen’s thesis being that it is impossible to understand homosexuality in Greece without further understanding the social and judicial  views in city-states like Athens.

Cohen finishes his article by stating that in Greece, there was no single view on homosexuality. Each city-state dealt with the matter differently, depending on the social norms there.

Literature Review Final: Kaitlyn Connolly

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

My literature review follows the Richard Kirkland story through time and shows the development of different factions,Literature review final and Bib for Lit review.