Similarities Between Absolutism And Democracy

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Throughout world history different forms of political systems have been conjured and used, in the hopes of finding the right one. During the l16th and 17th century Europe went through economic catastrophes and violent wars, an absolute monarchy was one of the many trial and error solutions used to search for a way to create more order in society. As Europe created nation-states, the divine power and extreme wealth of the absolute monarchs controlled countries such as Russia and France. While in England the political system was more centralized, attempts were made to limit royal power and protected the rights of the governed. There has always been a battle of which political system worked better. Studies have shown that both absolutism and democracy have their advantages and disadvantages. There are various differences and similarities between the development of the nation-state ruled by an absolute monarch like in France and in a democratic government like in England. Thomas Hobbes was one of the first English philosophers during the enlightenment, he believed human beings were naturally brutal, there was always a competition between men causing war. As a result of war culture and knowledge is lost, there becomes a constant fear of dying. A government is formed to protect the people from the human nature of others. In an excerpt from his work, The Leviathan, he states, “The life of man is lonely, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In order to live a more happy life and

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