History 104: Western Civilization since 1648

Lecture: Origins of Modern Nationalism

Yes, it was played in Apocalypse Now. This is a section of Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" (1854) from his Ring cycle. The Valkyries were the demi-goddesses of death in Norse legends, determining the outcome of battle and those dead warriors deserving of being carried to Valhalla. An interesting combination of German nationalism and female power.


Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
Hardly a Valkyrie, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters endured jail time and hunger strikes in her quest for women's suffrage in England.

Gaughin picture

Paul Gaughin, Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? (1897)



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