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Background of the French Revolution

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Background of the French Revolution 16581

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Lecture notes taken on the background of some key people, ideas, and events leading towards the French Revolution.
Modern European History
S. Smith
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history, modern european, french, french revolution, background, Lecture




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Date Created: 01/16/16
Background French Revolution  Absolute monarchy (Prussia, Russia, and Austria were also absolute  monarchies )  Louis XIV­ "the sun king" ­created image of monarchy ­King is the center of everything; "The state is me" ­court ritual  Mythology of Kings ­God picks/ sends kings ­can read thoughts ­different blood than all other men ­Mind set of "They're not like us."  Charles II ­example of result of extreme cases of interbreeding ­raised the question on if they need monarchy  Louis XV ­great grandson of Louis XIV ­at the time of his reign there was no central bank in France; heavy reliance  on taxes "After me comes the flood."  Romanticism movement ­expression of emotion, embrace of life, good, bad, and everything, focused  primarily in literature and artwork was a counter for the Enlightenment   The Enlightenment ­period of scientific discoveries and the age of reason ­belief in natural rights, natural order, and that the government needs to  uphold these rights, if not, the people have the right to revolt against them ­deny emotions/passions, humane things  Jean­ Jacques Rousseau ­French Switzerland ­Came up with the idea of The Social Contract ­idea that outside society, people live without rules, regulations or  morals and that government is there to protect a people's rights  with  needed rules ­people born into society are bad/ corrupted ­government is needed to uphold general will; do the best for most  people ­anti­democracy ­no private will or property ­state taking care of people is the foundation ­people unworthy of government


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