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How Accurate is Crane Briton?

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Meghan Carr

on 19 September 2014

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How Accurate was Crane Brinton
American Revolution Similarities
People from all social classes are discontented because of unacceptable government restrictions
Taxation without representation
People are hopeful about the future, but are being told to accept less than they are hoping for
hopeful for non-tyrannical government, but the King refuses
The government does not respond to the needs of society
King's refusal to listen to the demands of the colonists
The government has financial difficulty and taxes heavily
Imposed a long list of taxes on the colonies to pay for internal problems
Unsuccessful government attempts to stop revolutionaries
Revolutionary War
Revolutionaries gain power
Moderate group regains power and the revolution is over
American Revolution Differences
People begin to marginalize themselves as part of a social class
The scholars and thinkers give up on the way society operates
Government leaders begin to doubt themselves, and some join the opposition
Impossible demands on the government which doom it
Revolutionaries quarrel amongst themselves and disunify
The moderates gain leadership but fail to satisfy demands of those who want more change
Power is gained by lunatic groups until a lunatic fringe gains almost complete control
A strong man emerges and assumes great power
The extremists try to create a "heaven on earth" by introducing their whole program and punishing opponents
A period of terror occurs
French Revolution Similarities
People feel restless and held down by restrictions in society
Lower class majority is upset about oppression
People are hopeful about the future but are told to expect less than what they were hoping for
The Enlightenment instills hope
People are beginning to think of themselves as part of a social class, and there is growing bitterness between social classes
The tensions of the Revolution were based on class
The scholars and thinkers give up on the way their society operates
Negative outlooks of John Locke that society is bleak
The government cannot get the support to save itself
The government cannot organize its finances
France's war debts
Impossible, dooming demands made on the government
Revolutionaries gain control and seem united
Storming of Bastille (which also inspires widespread revolt)
Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen
Once in power, revolutionaries begin to quarrel amongst themselves and unity begins to dissolve
The moderates gain leadership but fail to satisfy demands of those who want more change
The extremists try to create a "heaven on earth" by introducing their whole program and punishing opponents
A period of terror occurs
The Great Fear

French Revolution Differences
People from all social classes are discontented
The social classes closest to one another are the most hostile
The government does not respond to the needs of society
The leaders of government begin to doubt themselves and some join the opposition
Unsuccessful government attempts to stop revolutionaries
A strong man emerges and assumes great power
Moderates regain power and the revolution is over
So...How Accurate was He?
Brinton was more accurate for the French Revolution than he was for the American Revolution, but he was wrong on a lot of fronts. His information is unreliable and could not be used to predict future revolutions based on the high amount of inaccuracies he had.
THANK YOU!
by Meghan Carr
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