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Shaninder BalPeriod: 1March 8, y Enlightenment IdeasHistory Internal Assessment InvestigationThe French Revolution, which lasted from 1789 to 1799, was a period that resulted in an upheaval in France that was both political and social. It was the reason for the creation of the policies that were made in matters that were social, economic, religious, and political.1This revolution was influ-enced by many Enlightenment ideas, such as the concepts of inalienable rights and popular sovereignty.2During the time of the French Revolution, theEnlightenment ideas brought forth several effects and changes in religion and society. The religious effects were portrayed through the freedom of reli-gion, anticlericalism, and dechristianization. On the other hand, the Enlight-enment Ideas about society effected the rights of the people, the economic policy, and political reorganization.3During the French Revolution, Enlighten-ment ideas about religion created a significant toleration and the anticlerical-1 Author Unknown. "French Revolution." French Revolution - New World Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. . pg. 1 2 Artz, Frederick Binkerd. The Enlightenment in France. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 1968. Print. pg. 243 Akerele, Dominic. "French Revolution, Napoleon, & Congress of Vienna." Apeuropean- French Revolution, Napoleon, & Congress of Vienna. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016. . pg. 5ENLIGHTENMENT IDEAS1
ism. The contributions that were made about society also became the foun-dations for the rights of the people, the new government, and the economy. The Enlightenment ideas about religion were important in shaping the policies that were made within the French Revolution. The first effect that was made was the idea of having freedom of religion.4Freedom of religion was permitted within the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. The first article of this document states, “Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.”5This article shows that this document of the French Revolu-tion became the core of a nation having individuals that would be free and protected by the law. Individualism, the social contract made by a philoso-pher named Rousseau, had an impact on the concepts that this Declaration holds.6This shows that the political duties of the Enlightenment brought upon the concept mentioned in the Declaration. Both the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the Treatise on Tolerance shows how Enlight-enment ideas about religion shaped the polices that were made during the French Revolution. It also shows how the policies were more tolerant about the freedom of religion.

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