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Ivan Lugo 2/26/08 Development of Europe II During the late eighteenth century, there was an idea in France that the common people should have more representation in the government. These revolutionaries wanted more representation, and since the nobility would not grant this, it caused the French Revolution. Early on in the French Revolution, the revolutionaries created their own constitution, called “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen.” In this document, they layed out what they want the new government to do. However, not everyone supported the radical ideas that this document had. Edmund Burke, a writer and supporter of the American Revolution, opposed the French revolutionaries because he believed their ideas would never work. He believed the revolutionaries were being too radical. Edmund Burke and the revolutionaries both have completely different ideas about what rights an individual would have, and why a government should exist. Revolutionaries and Edmund Burke both disagree in the reasons on why a government should exist. In the textbook on page 774, Burke says “Government is not
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