Absolutism Vs French Revolution Essay

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Throughout Europe, specifically France, in 1600’s through 1800’s, it was a time of change for the people there. But for something to become different, many people must work to change it. For example, in the Age of Absolutism there were many governments which had an absolute monarchy, and many citizens did not agree with this; it was a problematic time. During the Enlightenment, many philosophers began to have a new philosophy, that was different from the previous beliefs; it was a time of thinking of change. And the French Revolution, was when the French citizens overthrew their government to try to create a new one; it was a time of change. A revolution can be best defined as an attempt at large change: the change from the Age of Absolutism to the end of the French Revolution, it started out with a government where the people had little to no control over certain governmental affairs, and ended with a dictatorship, but there was an attempt to create an improved government. The Age of Absolutism was a time where many governments had an absolute monarchy or something similar. This was a time period filled with corruption and was very problematic. France had an absolute monarchy, and one example of an absolute monarch is King Louis XIV. According…show more content…
For a revolution to occur, there has to be something that people disagree with, there has to be a problem. The problem in France, was the government; the government was an absolute monarchy, meaning that one person had all the power, and that the society was better for nobles and the king, than for the peasants. During the Enlightenment, people like Montesquieu, began to see and talk about the issues with their government. And during the French Revolution, changes were made to try and improve upon the existing problem. To define a revolution, it takes three parts: a problem, a time of reflection and realization, and a change or multiple
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