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In this programme, Dr. Christopher Harvie compares the atmosphere at British Universities and those on the Continent and specifically Germany, in 1848. In that year students took a major part in th...e fighting, and in Germany many of their professors, who enjoyed great prestige, provided a number of the ideas and arguments on which the revolutions were based. German students approached the revolutions almost as the culmination of their period of study, a time when the eagerly learnt lessons of a new scientific world mingled with idealism and nationalistic fervour for a united Germany. At Oxford and Cambridge in the 1840s, undergraduates enjoyed their period in colleges described as "pleasant hotels", drinking, hunting, rowing and avoiding work. Their seniors, if they were academically active, generally involved themselves in matters irrelevant to politics. The major issue of tne times was that of the Oxford Movement - the emergence of Anglo-Catholicism. For this programme, film cameras visited the universities of Heidelberg and Oxford, and contemporary illustrations are also used.
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Module code and title: A321, The revolutions of 1848
Item code: A321; 04
First transmission date: 05-05-1976
Published: 1976
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Duration: 00:20:43
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Producer: Edward Hayward
Contributors: Chris Harvie; Gary Watson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): German revolution; Heidelberg; Oriel College; Radicalism
Footage description: The programme opens with film of Oriel College, Oxford, over which Watson reads an extract from Arthur Hugh Clough's poem Amours de Voyage In the studio Harvie describes the sympathetic views of Clough and of James Bryce on the revolutions of 1848. Their portraits are shown. Over a portrait of John Henry Newman, Harvie describes the Oxford Movement and the ideas which occupied the British Intelligentsia ofthe 1840s. Over film of Oxford graduates he describes theorganisation of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the mid-19th century. Printsand caricatures of the period depict the decadence of university life. Film of colleges and libraries in Oxford, over which he comments on the survival of the collegiate system of education. Over film of Heidelberg Watson reads a student's poem from the Vienna revolution of 1848. Harvie describes the organisation of German higher education and the radicalism of the universities. Over shots of Heidelberg University he explains the political influence of German academics. Over a portrait of Alexander von Humboldt, he comments on the high standard of German education in the period. Harvie comments on the political involvement of students in Germany today, and goes on to describe radicalism after 1815. He explains why radicalism affected German universities, using an animated map to show the influence of the Napoleonic Wars. Students Associations are described over shots of their meeting places in Heidelberg and portraits of members. The Karl Sand episode is described and its influence explained. Over prints of revolts of 1848, the role of students in France, Austria and Germany is described. Film of Heidelberg Prison, where Harvie describes the after effects of the revolution. The programme ends with a description of educational reforms at Oxford after 1850.
Master spool number: 6HT/72094
Production number: 00525_3214
Videofinder number: 3311
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