The Revolutionary Revolution And The Enlightenment Movement

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No single, unified Enlightenment ever existed but rather by means of different approaches of various individuals, a common theme of rational questioning and belief in progression emerged from the philosophical thoughts and practices of many scientists and idealists who brought about the Enlightenment movement. Many regions throughout the world underwent the ordeal of a transition in governing authority that was instigated by the free-thinkers and brought about the initial stages of revolution. Up until the mid-eighteenth century, the colonies in North America displayed no indication of revolution, but as frustration and resistance towards the British grew, colonists echoed the ideals of the enlightenment and fought to create a nation of their own under these ideals. Shortly following the American Revolution, the French revolutionary leaders sought more radical ideals; essentially, the common people of France tried to overpower their own existing social system in order to establish new social, cultural and political practices. Many people viewed the promises of progression within enlightened ideals optimistically. Both the American and French Revolutions promoted ideals of popular sovereignty and freedom. In areas with large amounts of slavery, these ideals spread and inspired slave revolts. Particularly in the French colony of Saint-Dominque where slaves immensely outnumbered the white settlers, these ideals encouraged liberation and equality among all people, regardless of race or color. The congregation of philosophies which stemmed from people such as John Locke and other men who sought to gain knowledge and question their societal world drove revolutionaries to use “enlightened” ideals and philosophies to inspire revolution... ... middle of paper ... ...own rights and sought equality and popular sovereignty throughout a civil war. Enlightenment thoughts often meant challenging long established notions of political, social and cultural order. Defying traditional practices did not always end well, yet over time, revolutions inevitably came to pass and Enlightened thoughts brought out organization and inspiration to bring about necessary changes to improve the lives of many people. Globally, enlightened thoughts and ideals had an immense impact on creating truly effective revolutions, the motives of equality, popular sovereignty and freedom gave people specific goals to work towards through instilling change within their countries. Works Cited Bentley, Jerry, Herbert Ziegler, Heather Streets-Salter. Traditions & Encounters V2 from 1500 to the Present. 06th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education, 2015.

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