Themes in History, Interest

The themes which interest me as a student of History are the economic lenses.
I find it very interesting when the events of history can be broken down into the fiscal marks. It is apparent, after all, that governments are built to regulate the economy and keep it from going out of control, yet the economy manifests itself first. There are many values and systems which are made in response to the needs and desires of money. Many families and members within the society often tell mythological moral-tales about the balance one needs in a society where material wealth is important to a high degree. The advent of material wealth and what one must do in order to attain it are written all across the different standards and moral-upbringings of societies. Traditions, cultures, and religions all have to reconcile the existence of money in some form or another. After all, many people do need to realize that money is not everything and it is just the platform by which greater pleasures are achieved, yet the “poor class” or the “working class” is always going to be the biggest group in societies and therefore money will always be an issue. For the middle-class, as well as the upper-classes, the advent of material wealth does not scare them for much. In fact, in order for the working class to create a cooperation between their grievances and what the middle class wants, it is completely inevitable that the working class needs to co-opt the middle class somehow by creating some kind of social or religious front. The main backing reason behind every war or major conflict has been because of fiscal incompetence, yet the frontal reasons which we are told about are often from religions, social outcries, and so on. This is because, as it was written so far in this writing, the middle-classes and upper-classes, who do not rely on money as heavily in so far as the existence of it concerns them, they have social troubles. Or rather, to no one’s surprise, perhaps it is entirely possible that those of the middle-class wish to move up in the world to the upper-class and become some kind of royalty. The middle-class is in a nice spot where they have free room to move, to look at the heavenly spoils above or the hellish lands below, and decide for themselves where they wish to be. Much flexibility is in this class therefore, because there is not a lot of backing (both in terms of money and actual networking) to the part of middle-class families. So a middle-class family may find it incredibly easier to become poor one day than a rich family would, not to imply any kind of strict impossibilities or the like here. Two good examples come to mind when I think of class warfare.
The first, is the Second World War. Germany had lost World War One, among other countries, yet was the most heavily taxed (figuratively). The Great Depression in the United States also harmed the European trade and Germany lost big in this exchange. Out of the ashes of a horribly destroyed economy came the rise of Nazism because people became fearful and outraged at the prospects of their country being weakened. Mostly, however, at the prospect of not being employed or being able to feed themselves and their families.
The second disaster was the French Revolution. The start of this conflict came about through a series of agricultural uprising known as ‘The Bread Riots’ whereby taxes on bread made the bread so expensive that even the producers of the food could not go back out into the stores to buy it. The wheat farmers, outraged, went to burn the crops of wheat in order to demonstrate a lack of cooperation. From this, soon, other classes and ideas joined in on the mess to push their agendas too.
With respect to social elements of the way we conduct ourselves in the world, economics cannot be the only lens we look at History with.
Nonetheless, it is a very easy and predictable lens to view the world with.



Hello all! I go by Ryan Cier Eric and three of my most valued hobbies are Photography, Writing, and Reading. I love History and Languages and as such am studying them at UMW. Also really enjoy connecting with people and making good friends.
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