Jan 202012

Question by Adam: how was the french revolution influenced by enlightenment ideas?
im writing a DBQ essay on the french revolution, things that lead to a political rev, and characteristics of a political rev. im trying to fit the enlightenment into the causes section. help please?

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Answer by Cabal
The idea that men were equal went again the grain of the whole feudal/class system. Once people started believing that they were not inferior and did not have to be at the bottom just because they were born of lower class people, things started to unravel.

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Jan 162012

Question by oooooooooo a korean in cokato: Renaissance encouraged the scientific revolution and the enlightenment?
In particular, what changes in interest, outlook and thinking during the renaissance and the reformation encouraged the scientific revolution and the enlightenment?

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Answer by Spinoza
It must be a desire for better life must be the driving force for the scientific advancement, and of course there was a kind of rivarly between Ottoman Empire and Constantinople; and there already crusades took place and it went on more than 100 years or so, these things do play role in driving people to reach much higher heights in life.

No doubt Renaissance did played a pivotal role in spread of scientific temper and advancement; and even the renaissance is also indirectly influenced by the crusades and the battle for the constantinople in the Europe.

One thing is very important in the human life, a kind of healthy competition should be always there and should be welcomed, that healthy competition and contest is very important in the human life, otherwise people become lethargic and complacent.

That’s it my friend.

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Nov 122011

Question by Dereje: Could the elliptical revolution of the Moon explains the moon illusion?
A friend of mine could not buy the various explanations forwarded to explain the moon illusion. He is of the opinion that there must be some kind of mathematical explanation for the illusion. He suggests the elliptical revolution of the moon as a possible explanation for the illusion. Could someone explain?

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Answer by odimwitdwon
Unfortunately a digital picture of the Moon at the horizon and overhead would be useless – I’m assuming your friend is blind or you can’t afford a camera?

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Sep 252011

Question by Me K: How can you compare the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution?
I know that the Enlightenment is a time of skepticism, reasoning, social sciences, using your own knowledge, ect, but how could I compare that to the Industrial Revolution?

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Answer by Michael
You can’t. In all seriousness, it’s comparing apples and oranges.

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Sep 182011

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Aug 232011

Question by Judi R: How did the power of the King increase at the same time the towns increased during the Commercial Revolution?
I know that during the late middle ages, the towns broke free and started governing themselves. At the same time, the power of the King increased.

How did both the power of the towns and the power of the King increase at the same time?

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Answer by Erik Van Thienen
The power of the King didn’t increase everywhere in Medieval Europe. The kings adhered to the theory of “Absolute Monarchy”, and wanted to fill in the power vacuum left by the waning influence of the Church after the Reformation. But many of them had very limited practical power.

Germany was a patchwork of little kingdoms, principalities and bishoprics, where the Emperor had to be elected.

Italy was torn between the Emperor and the Pope, and towns like Florence, Sienna, Pisa and Milan gained power by playing them against each other.

France was officially a Kingdom, but the King had only real power around Paris, the rest of France was run by his powerful Princes, Dukes and Counts. Not until Louis XIV France became a really centralized monarchy.

Russia only became centralized under Ivan the Terrible and later again under Peter the Great. Again the Monarch had to deal with powerful vassals, who were sometimes more powerful and richer then the Monarch.

And then there were the regions in the peripheries of the monarchies. Like Flanders, where the Count was technically a vassal of th French King, but was also partially a vassal of the German Emperor, and the towns like Bruges, Ghent and Ypres blossomed in that grey zone.

The only real Absolute Monarchies were Spain under Philip II and England under Henry VIII. But the former had the riches of the New World to pay his troops with, and the latter had to launch his own Church..

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Jul 112011

Question by PWF: To what degree do Enlightenment thinkers reflect the attitudes and idea of scientific revolution?
To what degree do enlightenment thinkers reflect the attitudes and ideas of the scientific Revolution?

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Answer by rosie recipe
B*gger all.

Scientific revolution was not really analysed til the 1960s , by Thomas Kuhn.

About a couple of hundred years later than the enlightenment.

Some of the features of enlightenment were preconditions for new scientific thought.

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Jun 032011

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