Friday, October 23, 2009

Blog 7

In this week's reading Hobsbawm concludes his book by focusing on science, religion and war. With the rise of scientific awareness, came the fall of religion. In a world that was transitioning into the industrial realm, science was huge. As focus on agriculture declined, factories, weapons, and technology relied heavily on the development of science.

As I stated in my last post, education of the masses was critical in this time. As people became more knowledgeable about science, religion took sort of a step back. People began to question things and no longer used "that's how god intended it" for every answer. Science created answers, reason and more questions.

With the rise of science and advancements in technology the world changed as a whole. Countries began to really build a sense of identity. At such a critical time in history, world leaders failed. With all the changes made that could have lead to a better world, we moved from The Golden Age to World World l.

In class we talked a lot about revolutions. One of the revolutions we focused on, on Wednesday, was the French revolution. The class was asked why do we revolt? Since a lot of people could not make it to class Wednesday, I thought it would be appropriate to ask this question again. Why do people revolt?


  1. I believe people revolt to get their messages and opinions of the government out to the public in action as opposed to just talk.

  2. People revolt when the legislation process fails to satisfy. It is the final option when the peaceful approach falls through. The victimized stand up against their oppressors and take a more direct approach to achieve their desires.

  3. I believe people revolt when their needs are no longer satisfied. As more people started gaining awareness of national issues and what they wanted, people start to take matters into their own hands