APEH: Social conservatism, Karl Marx and the rise of social protest

Posted on March 17, 2020


It’s time to get social (but please do NOT get social right now). Please look over chapter 21 and chapter 22‘s notes and add them to your notebooks as needed. It would also be good to read the chapters as well. If you get an error message on Chrome about Microsoft 365 being a malware site, just ignore it and power on – it’s the new Chrome update’s fault and they’re working on fixing it.

Make sure you view the following two Crash Course videos. The former talks about post-Napoleon Europe and the leadership’s response of “oh, is that what happens when you’re Enlightened? FORGET THAT.” The second discusses labor laws, social protest, and the rise of socialism.

One thing about socialism I’d like you to remember, because from here on out it tends to pop up a lot, is that it becomes popular in times of great economic uncertainty. You see it again post-WWI in Germany, during the Great Depression in the US, post WWII in Eastern Europe and Asia, democratic socialism in Europe, and in the US after the 2008 housing market crash and Great Recession. We’re about to get another rise of it soon depending on the effects of the coronavirus on worldwide economies.

When you are done, please read “The Decline of Political Liberalism” by F.H. Hinsley and The Unfinished Revolution: Marxism Interpreted by Adam Ulam. In the comments, explain to me why you believe (or don’t) that political liberalism didn’t die and why you believe (or don’t) that Marx’s revolution is still in progress. Please use examples from the texts. Please post your responses by Friday at 11:59, and don’t forget to ask and answer questions in the Industrial Revolution post.

If you need clarification or help posting comments, please email me!