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Chapter 23 The Building of European Supremacy: Society and Politics to World War I Chapter 23 The Building of European Supremacy: Society and Politics to World War I Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Population Trends and Migration Population rises in Europe until 1910 when it levels off Population rates continue to rise in underdeveloped nations and areas leading to food shortages People continue to move from rural to urban areas Between 1846 and 1932, 50 million Europeans leave their homeland to go to the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Argentina Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
New Industries New industries emerge in third quarter of the 19th century, leading to the Second Industrial Revolution New industries included; steel, chemicals, electricity, and oil Bessemer process – new way to mass produce steel cheaply revolutionizes the steel industry Solway process – uses alkali production to make new soaps, dyes, and plastics Electricity changes how people live and travel Automobiles Gottlieb Daimler – invents modern internal combustion engine, leading to automobiles Henry Ford – American, who through the assembly line made the auto accessible to the masses Autos lead to the growth of the oil industry Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Economic Difficulties Bad weather and foreign competition make it tough for European industries in the last quarter of the century Stagnation, pockets of unemployment, bad working conditions, strikes and other forms of labor unrest emerge Expansion of industry and consumer demand bring Europe out of stagnation by late in the century Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Ascendancy in the Middle Class Social distinctions of the middle class Owners and managers – lived like an aristocracy Comfortable small entrepreneurs and professional people (teachers, librarians, shopkeepers) – incomes permitted private homes and large quantities of furniture, education and vacations White collar workers – formed lower middle class – petite bourgeoisie – such as secretaries, retail clerks, lower level bureaucrats – spent money on consumer goods that made sure to make them look middle class Tensions mount up between the classes Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
The Redesign of Cities The New Paris Paris rebuilt for political purposes – to discourage riots and accommodate the creation of thousands of government jobs Department stores, office complexes, apartments for the middle class, and a subway are built Arts and architecture – Paris Opera, Eiffel Tower, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart built Suburbs – to get away from the congestion of the city, many middle-class residents move to communities just outside the urban centers Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Urban Sanitation Cholera – believed to be caused by filth and smell, touched all classes and reached epidemic proportions in 1830s and 1840s Water and sewer systems – disposed of human waste and provided clean drinking water Government involvement in public health Private property could be condemned if deemed unhealthy New building regulations Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Housing Reform / the Middle Class Middle class reformers believed cheap, adequate housing would alleviate social and political discontent Private philanthropy attacked the housing problem Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Barriers for Women in Late 19th Century Property – until last quarter of century – most women in Europe could not own property; everything was in their husbands name – only Britain changed this in 1882 with the Married Womens Property Act Family law – divorce was difficult to obtain, men had legal control of the children, and contraception and abortion were illegal Education Could not attend universities until late 19th century Absence of secondary education for women Women with professional jobs were considered radicals and faced discrimination Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
New Employment for Women New jobs – included secretaries, clerks, and shop assistants / still paid low wages Withdrawal from labor force – married women less and less in work force due to: Industries preferring unmarried women Men living longer Social expectations of the married women Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Working-Class Women Putting-out system – manufacturer would purchase material, then put it out to the tailors Subject to layoffs when demand for products slowed Had low wages and subject to exploitation Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Prostitution Women displaced in an overcrowded work force turned to prostitution Most large 19th-century cities had legal prostitution Usually low-skill workers with little education; customers were working class men Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Middle Class Women Domesticity – oversaw virtually all the domestic management and child care Religion – assured the religious instruction of their children and prayer was a major part of their daily lives Charity – worked with poor youth, poor young women, schools for infants, and societies for visiting the poor Sexuality – less sexual repression, and due to contraceptives and the cost of having children, smaller families Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Rise of Feminism Obstacles – many women did not support the feminist movement because Sensitivity to class and economic interests Cared more about national unity and patriotism Religious women uncomfortable with radical secularists Womens suffrage in Britain – suffrage – the movement for women to vote Millicent Fawcett – led the moderate National Union of Womens Suffrage Societies Emmeline Pankhurst – led the more radical Womens Social and Political Union, which encouraged strikes, arson, and vandalism Women given right to vote in Britain in 1918 Political feminism – women granted right to vote in France (after World War II) and Germany (1919) Union of German Womens Organizations – founded in 1894, supported suffrage, but more concerned about education, social, and political conditions Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Jewish Citizenship First half of 19th century, Jews in Western Europe began to gain equal citizenship Still, many Jews could not own land and were subject to discriminatory taxes Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Russian Jews Government to the Jews Limited book publications Restricted areas where they could live Banned them from state service Excluded them from higher education Pogroms – organized riots against Jewish neighborhoods, supported by the government Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Opportunities for Jews Western Europe – very open to Jews at all levels; (government, education, intermarriage with Christians) Many Jews from Eastern Europe migrate to Western Europe or the United States Anti-Semitism – discrimination against Jews, increases in Western Europe during later stages of 19th century, especially in France and Germany Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Trade Unionism Unions allowed in Europe in late 19th century Unions looked for the improvement in wages and working conditions Unions often engaged in long strikes Despite growth of unions, most of Europes labor force never unionized Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Political Parties Universal male suffrage brings organized political parties Political parties with its workers, newspapers, offices, social life, and discipline mobilize new voters Socialist parties were divided on whether to accept social reform or start a revolution Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
The First International British and French trade unionists form the First International, made up of socialists, anarchists and Polish nationalists Although short-lived, its updates on labor groups and conditions led to Marxism becoming the most important social strand of socialism Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Social Reform in Great Britain British socialism – non-Marxist – most influential group the Fabian Society – favored gradual, peaceful approach to social reform Under Liberal Chancellor David Lloyd George, Britain regulates trade, provides unemployment benefits and health care Conservative House of Lords upset with the spending of the Liberal House of Commons in the Parliament Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
French Opportunism Rejected Opportunism – participation by socialists in the cabinets is rejected by Congress French socialists form their own party French workers often voted Socialist, but avoided political action Non-socialist labor unions looked to strikes as their main labor tactic Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Social Democrats and Revisionism in Germany Bismarck represses German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Anti-socialist laws passed by Reichstag actually strengthen the numbers of the (SPD) Passes programs such as accident insurance, disability and old age pensions as a conservative alternative to socialist policies The Erfurt Program – supported Marxist ideas of the collapse of capitalism, but wanted to pursue goals through legislative action, not revolution Revisionism – German socialists ideas of achieving humane social equality without having a revolution founded by Eduard Bernstein Critics of Revisionism felt that evolution towards socialism would not work in militaristic, authoritative Germany Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Industrial Growth in Russia Count Sergei Witte – first Russian minister of communications and later finance minister, wanted to modernize Russian economy through: Economic development Protective tariffs High taxes Russian currency on gold standard Steel, iron, and textile industries expand as Trans-Siberian Railroad is completed (1903) Social unrest – growth of industry does not improve lives of the peasants, many of whom have to work on the land of prosperous farmers known as kulaks Liberal party formed by the local councils (zemstvos) wanted a constitutional monarchy to further civil liberties and social progress Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Vladimir Lenin – future leader of the communist revolution Led Social Democrats who rejected the German ideas of gradual socialism and called for a revolution Social Democratic Party split into two: Lenins faction, the majority or Bolsheviks The moderate faction, the minority or the Mensheviks Wanted to unite workers and peasants to overthrow the tsar (idea came about in 1905, but revolution didnt occur until 1917) Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
The Revolution of 1905 Bloody Sunday – tsars troops violently put down a protest, leading to ordinary Russians no longer trusting the tsar Worker groups called the soviets – not the tsar – basically control city of St. Petersburg Nicholas II issues October Manifesto promising a constitutional government Representative body, the Duma, put into place in 1907 – conservative in nature, basically kept the power of the tsar in place Stolypin and Rasputin P.A. Stolypin – replaced Witte as finance minister Represses socialist rebellion, including execution of rebellious peasants Improves agricultural production by encouraging individual ownership Assassinated by a Social Revolutionary Grigory Efimovich Rasputin – replaced Stolypin because supposedly his wife could heal the tsars hemophiliac son; uncouth and strange, tsars power is undermined after 1911 Copyright © 2010 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ All rights reserved.
Population Trends and Migration population rises in Europe until 1910 when it levels off population rates continue to rise in underdeveloped nations and.
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