Maleah Fekete

Education and Culture: The Development of Humboldt University
Interdisciplinary Studies Field
Spring 2017

Using the historical development of Humboldt University as a case-study, my research seeks to better understand the relationship between culture and education. My study will examine three culturally significant periods to test Marx and Weber’s theories of alienation and bureaucracy on an educational, as opposed to political or jurisprudential, social structure. The specific case-studies are: (1) the mid-19th century at the height of the German Industrial Revolution and the era in which Karl Marx made his most famous observations, (2) the early 20th century at the time of progressive reform and Max Weber, and (3) the 50s and 60s when Humboldt University was under the communist control of the DDR during the Cold War.