Mary Wollstonecraft and The Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer who who wrote a work called The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Wollstonecraft is considered to be one of the early feminist philosophers. In her work, Wollstonecraft said that education was central to improving the condition of women and favored the establishment of government-run schools to do so. … Continue reading Mary Wollstonecraft and The Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

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Friedrich Gentz on the American and French Revolutions

A German writer named Friedrich Gentz wrote a work named The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution, Compared with the Origin and Principles of the French Revolution. This work emphasized the fact that the American revolution and French revolutions were opposite in nature, in particular when it came to tradition. The American revolution was … Continue reading Friedrich Gentz on the American and French Revolutions

The French Revolution & Napoleon’s treatment of the church

In 1789, King Louis XVI of France was forced to call the Estates General to pay off some of his debts. The Estates General was an assembly which consisted of representatives of three estates: the clergy, the nobility, and common people. The voting was by estate, with each estate having one vote. The Estates General … Continue reading The French Revolution & Napoleon’s treatment of the church

Would I read any more of Montaigne’s essays?

Michel de Montaigne was a French writer who lived in the 16th century. He was the originator of a new literary form: the essay. The essay is a short exercise on a certain topic and is designed to get across one or two points to the reader. A reader will be more likely to finish … Continue reading Would I read any more of Montaigne’s essays?

Is the language of Foxe still compelling today?

John Foxe wrote a huge work named Actes and Monuments; popularly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. He wrote it in a reaction to the persecution of Protestant Christians under Mary I of England. He also wrote it to support her successor Elizabeth I, who was the head of both the state and the church in … Continue reading Is the language of Foxe still compelling today?

What Caused the American Revolution?

The American Revolution was the result of a longstanding dispute between the American colonists and the British over the British constitutional tradition. The colonists claimed that they had the same rights as those in England, and that they did not lose them by coming over to America. The colonists had several local assemblies to discuss … Continue reading What Caused the American Revolution?

Enlightened Absolutism

The 18th century saw the rise of Enlightened absolutism. Enlightened absolutists were rulers who ruled in an absolute manner and embraced certain Enlightenment principles. Some of them even corresponded with Enlightenment thinkers. One example of an enlightened absolutist ruler was Frederick the Great of Prussia. Frederick was friends with Voltaire, one of the most prominent … Continue reading Enlightened Absolutism