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Western Civ 5-The Enlightenment
Transcript of Western Civ 5-The Enlightenment
The United States
Three Eastern European leaders envision themselves as enlightened men and women.
Despite their lofty ideals, they would ultimately find themselves confronted with the paradox of enlightened despotism.
The Consequences (and the problems) of the Enlightenment:
Revolution and the slow, uncomfortable recognition that everyone has rights, even the colonies and even the slaves.
The Consequences for the Rest of the World
Frederick the Great
Catherine the Great
The Dutch and English pioneer new forms of representational government.
The middling orders grow larger, wealthier, more critical of privileges and the church as the ideas brought by the Age of Reason trickle down through society.
Changes happening in European Society beginning in the 17th century
A period when intellectuals applied the methods of the scientific revolution to social problems.
These new thinkers, known as philosophes, wrote in the vernacular, and were read by a broad audience.
They came from all over Europe, but the heart of the Enlightenment was France.
They are all concerned with the role and potential of human reason to solve the world's problems.
What Was The Enlightenment?
The Consequences of the Enlightenment
Delacroix's "Liberty Leading
the People". This painting is
a manifestation of Enlightenment
thinking, where the peasant, the
gentleman, and even the slave
now can demand liberty, equality,
The "Triangular Trade" (Also called the "Atlantic System")
What Were The Consequences of the Enlightenment?
It changed everything...