1MMW 5 Cassedy OUTLINE Introduction to the course The Period 1750-1917, era dominated by Europe and the West. The Theme History of events and ideas that have helped shape the modern world Old Regime Social, political, economic factors. The Enlightenment•Importance of observation, empiricism •Supremacy of Reason (not divine grace), Reason as universalhuman faculty •Natural (vs. divine) rights, esp. rights of individuals •A contract of human (not divine) origin between governed and governing as the power that binds together members of a civil society 3 revolutions: •American As expression of Enlightenment principles, esp. as embodied in Declaration of Independence. •French As expression of Enlightenment principles, esp. as embodied in
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