History Literature / LookingBackward

14th Nov '16 8:55:56 PM Fireblood
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5th Oct '16 8:35:16 PM Fireblood
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* BombThrowingAnarchist: {{Discussed}} by Dr. Leete and Julian, the latter saying the anarchists in the late 1800s were actually subsidized by the capitalists to scare people off socialism from its association with terrorist violence. This was a big issue at the time the book was written in 1888. A year prior to this, for instance, was the infamous Haymarket affair where eight anarchists would be convicted of conspiracy over a bombing in Chicago, though it's doubtful which (if any) actually did it.

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* BombThrowingAnarchist: {{Discussed}} by Dr. Leete and Julian, the latter saying the anarchists in the late 1800s were actually subsidized by the capitalists to scare people off socialism from its association with terrorist violence. This was a big issue at the time the book was written in 1888. A year prior to this, for instance, was the infamous Haymarket affair where eight four anarchists would be convicted of were hanged for conspiracy over to murder police with a bombing bomb in Chicago, though it's doubtful which (if any) actually did it.it (four others had also been convicted-one killed himself, the rest were pardoned).
5th Oct '16 8:31:28 PM Fireblood
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* BombThrowingAnarchist: {{Discussed}} by Dr. Leete and Julian, the latter saying the anarchists in the late 1800s were actually subsidized by the capitalists to scare people off socialism from its association with terrorist violence. This was a big issue at the time the book was written in 1887. A year prior to this, for instance, was the infamous Haymarket affair where eight anarchists would be convicted of conspiracy over a bombing in Chicago, though it's doubtful which (if any) actually did it.

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* BombThrowingAnarchist: {{Discussed}} by Dr. Leete and Julian, the latter saying the anarchists in the late 1800s were actually subsidized by the capitalists to scare people off socialism from its association with terrorist violence. This was a big issue at the time the book was written in 1887.1888. A year prior to this, for instance, was the infamous Haymarket affair where eight anarchists would be convicted of conspiracy over a bombing in Chicago, though it's doubtful which (if any) actually did it.
5th Oct '16 8:27:19 PM Fireblood
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* BombThrowingAnarchist: {{Discussed}} by Dr. Leete and Julian, the latter saying the anarchists in the late 1800s were actually subsidized by the capitalists to scare people off socialism from its association with terrorist violence. This was a big issue at the time the book was written in 1887. A year prior to this, for instance, was the infamous Haymarket affair where eight anarchists would be convicted of conspiracy over a bombing in Chicago, though it's doubtful which (if any) actually did it.
16th Jun '16 6:00:18 PM Fireblood
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* AuthorTract: The entire book is essentially Bellamy's explanation of what he felt society should be like, with a minimal plot attached.

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* AuthorTract: The entire book is essentially Bellamy's explanation of what he felt society should be like, with a minimal plot attached.set around it.
16th Jun '16 5:58:29 PM Fireblood
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* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future. ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a response from a fellow socialist, as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.
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* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future. ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a response from a fellow socialist, as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.
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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: {{Averted}}. In contrast to most socialist ideologies (Marxism most particularly), Bellamy's socialism was explicitly Christian based on his interpretation of the Bible, which his fictional society reflects. Bellamy and his brother were actually both Baptists ministers.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: {{Averted}}. In contrast to most socialist ideologies (Marxism most particularly), Bellamy's socialism was explicitly Christian based on his interpretation of the Bible, which his fictional society reflects. Bellamy and his brother were actually both Baptists Baptist ministers.



* WhatYearIsThis: Inverted -- Dr. Leete asks Julian what year he fell asleep, which... startles him.

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* WhatYearIsThis: Inverted -- {{Inverted}}. Dr. Leete asks Julian what year he fell asleep, which... startles him.
15th Jun '16 2:55:10 AM Morgenthaler
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14th Jun '16 7:59:39 PM PaulA
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* WhatYearIsThis: Inverted -- Dr. Leete asks Julian what year he fell asleep, which... startles him.
14th Jun '16 7:28:52 PM PaulA
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* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future. ''News From Nowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a response from a fellow socialist, as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.

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* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future. ''News From Nowhere'' ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a response from a fellow socialist, as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.
12th Jan '16 8:29:29 PM Fireblood
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Written by Edward Bellamy in 1888, ''Looking Backward: 2000-1887'' was one of the first real Utopia novels in America. The author's brother Francis Bellamy, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. He also had the same political views (an interesting fact not mentioned in most histories).

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Written by Edward Bellamy in 1888, ''Looking Backward: 2000-1887'' was one of the first real Utopia novels in America. The author's brother Francis Bellamy, Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. He also had the same political views (an interesting fact not mentioned in most histories).



* AllJustADream: Subverted by the ending. West thinks this is what happened when he returns to 1887, but it turns out the return itself, and not the rest of the novel, was a dream.

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* AllJustADream: Subverted {{Subverted}} by the ending. West thinks this is what happened when he returns to 1887, but it turns out the return itself, and not the rest of the novel, was a dream.



* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future.

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* FollowTheLeader: One of the first 19th Century utopian science-fiction novels. It inspired not only copycat novels and spinoffs, but also a slew of TakeThat response novels by writers doubting the economics and politics of Bellamy's future. ''News From Nowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a response from a fellow socialist, as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: {{Averted}}. In contrast to most socialist ideologies (Marxism most particularly), Bellamy's socialism was explicitly Christian based on his interpretation of the Bible, which his fictional society reflects. Bellamy was in fact a Baptist minister.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: {{Averted}}. In contrast to most socialist ideologies (Marxism most particularly), Bellamy's socialism was explicitly Christian based on his interpretation of the Bible, which his fictional society reflects. Bellamy was in fact a Baptist minister.and his brother were actually both Baptists ministers.



* TheVerse: The world is further explored with the sequel, ''Equality'', and various other authors of the time wrote spin-offs. ''News From Nowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a direct response to ''Looking Backward'', as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.

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* TheVerse: The world is further explored with the sequel, ''Equality'', and various other authors of the time wrote spin-offs. ''News From Nowhere'' by Creator/WilliamMorris was a direct response to ''Looking Backward'', as Morris found it too stiflingly industrial and favored a rural, agrarian setting instead.
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