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The Englightenment period

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reggie owens

on 2 September 2014

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Transcript of The Englightenment period

important people, and Philosophical views
Some Major Writers and Social Trends
Benjamin Franklin - pioneer in the study of electricity, proving that lightning is an electrical phenomenon

Newton, Sir Isaac - The law of gravitation

Thomas Paine - “Common Sense”

Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience: influenced a great variety of thinkers after his time including Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, and Leon Tolstoy.

- classical music
1700 - The piano by Cristofori
1752- The lightening rod by Benjamin Franklin
1767 - Carbonated Water by Joseph Priestley
1783 - The Hot Air Balloon by The Montgolfier Brothers
1791 - Artificial Teeth by Alexis Duchateau
Relevance to the present
Produced writings, scientific discoveries, and laws that are known today

Secret societies formed such as the free masons and the barvarian illuminati

Deism-the idea, more or less, is that there is a God, but that this God is not the figure of the Old and New Testaments, actively involved in human affairs

important events
american revolution

french revolution
Class Structure
Class systems were based on inherited positions of nobility and wealth
Lower Class - Worked at Coffee Houses and Free Masonic lodges
Upper Class
The Enlightenment period
Introduction to the ENLIGHTENMENT ERA
The period of Enlightenment refers to the European culture of the 18th century.
It was Developed in France, Britain and Germany, and also influenced most of Europe which includes Russia And Scandinavia
The people of this period were becoming over confident in rationality and reasoning.

Two Fundimental Characteristics of the Enlightenment are:

1) Faith in the European rationality and reasoning to reject pre established institutions thoughts
2)Search for useful knowledge as the power to control nature

Questions and Answers



1. Who is the the father of the law of gravity?

2. What is another name for the Enlightenment period?

3. name three revolutions during this period?

4.how did this period last?

5. True or False - the enlightenment period was majorly about the new use of light.
government systems
Seaparation of powers - no longer church and state
king has less power
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