What Was The Most Common Cause Of Revolutions In The 1800s

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Two of the most common causes of revolutions in the late 1700 and early 1800s were demands for liberty and equality that were inspired by Enlightenment, as well as economic struggles that angered the people. To start, changing ideas and feelings led on by Enlightenment caused a desire for more rights and liberties to the people. These rights mainly focused on social equality such as equal rights among commoners, women, free people of color, and enslaved people depending on where in the world you looked, as well as political equality including the demand for more representation in the government. Firstly, equal social rights and liberties for people across the world were a large part of revolutions. Most notably In Haiti, a large population …show more content…

Secondly, More representation in government was a large desire for many people in the revolutionary world. This can be seen in the American Revolution where the people demanded “no taxation without representation”. This refers to how the American people were upset about having large taxes opposed on them by the British when they felt the colonies were not represented in the British parliament. Another example of the desire for representation by the common people is the revolution of France. The revolution occurred partly because the commoner branch of the national assembly felt the other branches were overprivileged and the commoners deserved more representation and recognition. The next common cause of revolutions was economic struggles. These struggles usually were the result of poor harvests such as in France or costly wars such as the Seven Year War. Due to these impacts on the economy nations often increased taxes and prices of goods which cause a widespread revolt among the common people as can be see in the revolutions of America, France, Latin americas, and Madrid. In the American colonies, Britain used the stamp act and Tea Act to increase taxes and pay for the Seven Year War, this led to revolts such as the Boston tea …show more content…

When the American colonies mother country of Britain joined the Seven Years war their national debt doubled. In order to make for this debt britain decided to start taxing the colonies directly, which it had never done before. This taxation first came in the form of the Stamp Act which would impose taxes on comercial and legal documents, diplomas, newspapers, almanacs, and playing card. This tax was deeply upsenting for the american people and caused a great resentment twords the british, this resentment leds to protest by boycotting british goods and rioting. Later on, the Tea Act of 1773 caused the british East India Compny to gain a monopoly on the tea trade which excluded and impacted colonial merchants. This again led to more protest, most notable the boston tea party Second of all, The american colonies also were beckoned twords revolution due to thier strong fondness and protection of american liberties and freedom. The american colonies had experienced independence for a long time, they had religious freedom and the right to vote which were much less common in England. This caused the american people to view implementations the british thought were reasonable as oppressive and a threat to thier liberties along with feeling that they were not represented in parlament. One example of these implementation the americans saw as oppressive was the installment of a large standing

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