Revolutionary Changes Essay
In what ways were the revolutions, expanded literacy, and political ideas linked? (The Earth and Its Peoples, 581)
The revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries were directly influenced by political ideas of Enlightenment intellectuals and their students. New ideas were developed by, and extrapolated from, individuals such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet). A growing literacy amongst the people of Europe and the greater western world led to increased questioning of government, the communication and discussion of ideas in public venues, and ultimately said revolution. The scientific method was applied used to dissect the trappings of society, government, and the human …show more content…
These factors both directly and indirectly caused the American Revolution (1775-1783), the French Revolution (1789-1799), and the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). Each of these was affected by the occurrence of the previous in some way.
The focus of the American Revolution was the war fought for independence from Britain. Its main causes were the reforms of European monarchs and the idea that government cannot exist effectively without the consent and representation of the governed. An example of this is The