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The Causes Of Radicalism In The Early 20th Century Europe

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Radicalism is defined as “the beliefs or actions of people who advocate thorough or complete political or social reform.” Radicalism is most often a response to something that is seen as broken. In today's world, people are weary to admit the governments of the world are broken as it is a relatively good time. There have been few wars, the world's economy has been booming. However, radicalism can still be seen in parts of the world where people are still heavily oppressed and in places where governments do not function well, such as places in the Middle East and Africa. However, if radicalism is given an opportunity, it seizes it. This was the case in early 20th century Europe. For centuries the people of Europe were taken advantage of with the feudal system, the Industrial Revolution, and constant wars. As a result of these oppressive situations, the people of Europe became disenfranchised and many immigrated to the United States to relieve themselves of the old rigid systems of Europe. However, all people have a breaking point. The poor harvests of 1788 lead to an already angry French population to revolt against the monarchy. Men such as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Giovanni Gentile all sought ways to fix the problems of society in the late 19th century. Engels is quoted as saying:
“Darwin did not know what a bitter satire he wrote on mankind ... when he showed that free competition, the struggle for existence, which the economists celebrate as the highest historical
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