Students say the darndest things, Part II

Last week, I posted some of the more unique and interesting interpretations that students in my classes have submitted in their essays and exams.  Last week’s post dealt with Antiquity to the Early Modern era — this week’s covers the Age of Revolutions to the Twentieth Century.

Remember, these are taken verbatim from student submissions.  Enjoy!



The French Revolution and its aftermath

At the beginning of the 18th century, France was a wealthy yet slightly disorganized country. The beginnings of the Revolution began a small problem for the monarchs. The Napoleonic period and the French Revolution happened in 1787.

For 10 years leading up [to] the 19th century, France had no future but had entered the modern age nevertheless. The events prior to the French Revolution had led up to the French Revolution and after this period a lot of stabilizing had occurred. Although the poor come across as guided dogs in many areas of history, the peasants of the French Revolution displayed the greatest capabilities of the unintelligent. By 1789, the masses were psychologically prepared to burst into the area of politics. Peasants now had a new-found confidence as the rioting was beginning to cause awareness all across France. Many peasants were in worse condition after the French Revolution, thousands were dead.

The Nineteenth Century

The Industrial Revolution sprung forth many changes to the world. The [industrial] revolution overturned the status quo and catapulted the growing masses of the middle class. The middle class emerged with the parliament.

The development of industry and technology in the 18th and 19th centuries allowed states to develop powers which would allow them to effect political situations and eventually lead into a new age of political thought as no longer were enough to allow for the dignified survival of people. Up until the Crimean War, technology was not taken very seriously, but it was during this period that the steam ship and shell fire was recognized. This clearly sparked the rate at which technology was integrated into war.

Hence, difference being the main element that held nationalism together, can only lead to or inevitably become a form of racism if only because all nationalistic groups consist of prerequisites that are not the same.

Evolution had been floating around but Darwin was the first to explain how it occurred. The theories Charles Darwin introduced were extremely stunning.

Throughout history naval warfare has come in waves, but during the late 19th and early 20th century naval power would have many shifts between the British and Germany. In building such a large navy [in the late nineteenth century], Germany becomes a threat to England, for England is seen as invisible on the sea. German forces would come together in the late 19th and early 20th [centuries] to battle with the British for superiority of the water.

The Twentieth Century

Europeans showed enthusiasm for World War I because they didn’t know any better. War was no longer between men. It was between weapons of destruction and machines. Due to the fact that Germany forcibly accepted full responsibility for causing the war, they had to pay repercussion to the exhausted but vicious ally forces. The total amount was outrageously out of the Germans price range.

Left at home while men went off to fight, women became independent and self-sufficient. This, coupled with the fact that the suffragist movement had finally secured the vote, encouraged the birth of the flapper. Women and men became more pernicious and were in theory more sexually liberated. Cross dressing was in fashion and homosexuality more accepted. Indeed, culture was more receptive to new ideas and alternative to democracy which they understood to have failed. This mentality set the stage for both the emergence of Nazism and Fascism.

Nazism is a religion, well kind of like a religion. The Triumph of the Will also showed how the Nazis loved a parade and to be involved in a good time. The energy and sudden neurosis that emitted from the civilian and military crowd when they saw Hitler was a better proof on how much the people of Germany had attached themselves to Hitler and the Nazi party. World War II was a massive, high-scale killing machine and Hitler was driving it.

England associated Churchill with a lower standard of living and conflict. Thus [after World War II], many people looked to the Labour party for salvation as it was thought that although Germany was the root of all evil, it was run well economically. Thus, the labour party headed by Truman came to power as a majority.

Stalin was well aware that the US had a nuclear bomb, and, thanks to their previous tract record, was confident that they were willing to use it.


Next week: The 5 Things Humans Can Learn from Zombies. Seriously.


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