Cor 302 Final

Cor 302 Final - In the period that followed the first war...

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In the period that followed the first war world, many political, ethical, and economic events transpired that forever changed the world. It is important to look at various contributing factors to these changes in minute detail. More specifically, it is vital to pay great attention to morality which pertains to matters of right and wrong, power and its relationship to legitimacy and how individuals contributed to the historical events that occurred. Through utilizing important pieces of literature, author’s own accounts of history and their viewpoints, it can make this extremely speculative time in history much more concrete in terms of understanding the political, ethical, and economic devices that were exercised in order to quickly change the mind set of large quantities of people. The events that began after soldiers came home from the trenches of the first war world should be where the discussion begins. It is during this time that transvaluation, the process when a meaning or value begins to change within a culture, (def. from 3/27 lecture) begins to play a crucial role in society. In Ekstein’s “Rites of Spring” there are clear examples of this. For instance, war was originally based on honor, after the first war feelings toward war clearly deviated from this concept. The war caused many of those serving it to feel inferior to their wives and take on more feministic roles when compared to pre-war roles men plaid. Additionally, it changed the entire way that progress was viewed. Before the war, progress was measured by how much one’s country could produce where as during the war progress was measured by means of destruction. (211) On page 27 of “Totalitarianism” it explains that the “worshipers or war were the first to concede that war no longer represented chivalry, courage, honor, and manliness.” After the war, people began feeling disattached from everyday life,(i.e. soldiers) there were many that were discontent with vast aspects of their current life and people, in
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general, were gradually looking for something that could offer, at minimum, some sort of motivation or self importance. This is when the rise of Bolshevism and fasicms came into power. Later, the Nazi party, another party later associated with oppression, would soon follow. All of these regimes, so to speak, are forms of totalitarianism. Arendt’s “Totalitarianism” describes how all of these different parties at first approached the masses. Arendt says, “Hitlers rise to power was legal in majority rule and neither he nor
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course COR 302 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '08 term at Oglethorpe.

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