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WCF.M3.L72 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss major cultural changes in the West between the World Wars.
  • Assess the impact of intellectual leaders, writers, and artists (Freud, Einstein, Picasso, etc.) on changing values and attitudes and the creation of modern culture during the interwar period.

  • General

  • See especially Rosenzweig & Buber:
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 385-387Secular Worldviews: A Free Man’s Worship

  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 408b-421The Jews and Modernist Culture: Music Art, Freud, Einstein, Kafka

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 224-225The Republic of China 1911- 1949

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 230-231The Rise of Fascism 1921- 1939

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 499-504The Interwar Years
  • 509-515Thought and Culture

  • Optional

  • Sample those of your interest:
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 302-303Denmark
  • 374-375Greenland

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 72
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How do you account for the major cultural changes in the West between the World Wars? What institutions, attitudes, technologies or beliefs do you think most readily account for the changes?

  • One of the ways cultures are changed is through their intellectual leaders, writers, and artists (i.e., Freud, Einstein, Picasso, etc.). Sometimes, the impact is considered to be beneficial; other times it is judged to be harmful. Looking at the interwar period and basing your answer on references to your readings, which in your opinion has done more to help shape values and attitudes: leaders, writers, or artists? Since it is impossible to cover all aspects of this question, you should focus your answer on at least four well-chosen examples that support your choice.