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HistoryNotes-12-20-05 - History Notes Russia TQ Give...

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History Notes - 12/20/05 * Russia * * TQ - Give support to Catherine the Great as an Enlightened Despot * Enlightenment - Stimulates revolution, challenging old ideas - feeling of revolution in general * Revolutionary agitation all across Europe - Due to Enlightenment * Revolutionary ideas will develop in all kinds of countries and will not subside until the mid 1800's * From now on - "THE AGE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION(S)" - The Atlantic Revolutions * Begins with American Revolution - some suggest that this is one huge wave of revolutionary ideas * From Western perspective... * Liberty and Equality are the themes of the revolutions * Constitutionalism, beginning of national spirit * Separation of Church and State - perpetuates * Everything associated with feudalism, absolutism, and the concept of inherited rights is going to be challenged * Divine Right - fades away forever * On the whole - Democratic Revolution - Bourgeois revolution/revolt - they had to move the masses * British Empire - Very decentralized - need for Parliament/king to bring about a
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