The French Revolution And The Enlightenment

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In European history, the 18th century marks a change in time. The age old traditions of the Ancient Regime and Catholic Church will see a shift in power. Power now in the hands of the people. Through bloodshed, the radical actions of the French Revolution sparked by philosophies of Enlightenment, will impact the future. Historical figures such as Robespierre heading the Great Assembly will drive change in culture through the revolution, in hopes of achieving enlightened societies. The 18th century marks the beginning of modern history. The French revolution playing a role in furthering Enlightenment, will led to a chain of events that will change the course of the future and modernize the world through the intellectual and revolutionary movements. The force behind change was new ideas and discoveries. During the 18th century, philosophes were the intellectuals of society that would create new reforms in which they believed would benefit society. With the new discoveries of science and reason through the Enlightenment period. The Enlightenment being a European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th century, emphasizing reason and individualism rather than traditions, as stated by the Oxford dictionary. Immaneul Kant describes the Enlightenment as “…but only one who is himself is enlightened, is not afraid of shadows”, “Sapere Audel, have courage to use your own reason.” Which expressed the ideas behind Enlightenment by explaining that the enlightened way…
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