H125A 11.15 - Lec 14 - Cultural Change in 18th C

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H125A - Lec 14: Cultural Change in the 18 th  Century 15/11/2007 16:58:00 I. Background to Cultural Change A. No middle point in Germany: Kleinstaaterei. Stand o There is no capital city; 1 out of 7 people in England lived in London in  the 17 th  century – however Germany doesn’t have anything like that –  the bulk of the population don’t live in Berlin or have been in Berlin o There are many different courts o In marriages, what the husband brings and what the wife brigs is very  different – one is wealthier than the other, this way the marriage could  interweave with different groups o The older, wealthier people acted as godparents – eventually this  system breaks down when wealth marries wealth o Everyone is unequal, everyone is part of a corporate group – even  beggars are in their own corporate group, organized and have group  rights o Feudalism – order based on nobility– give nobility right to rule over  land and people o There are new tensions between the nobility and the state – state  wants them around, but nobility has issues with the state B. Bugertum. Bildungsburger o Bugertum – the bourgeoisse o Germany doesn’t develop a bourgeoisse until much later in the 18 th  century o Bildungsburger – the educated middle class Bilduns = formation, education Burger = middle class person, somewhat vague definition
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