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Word Count: 855 The 17 th century marked a time in English and French history where the spread of ideas and information was occurring at an unprecedented rate. The increased availability of printed goods and the rising literacy rates allowed ideas to spread into parts of the country that previously were difficult to reach, therefore creating an environment where more people were interested in government and politics. The differing views of power pertaining to the people of the early 17th century in France and England were influenced by the push for absolutism via England’s parliamentary absence and France’s Frode civil war, which stimulated the debate over proper taxation and representation of the common people. The general idea of “rights” widely varied between schools of thought in the early 17 th century. The broad definition of the term “rights”, as it pertains to this time period, would be the ability of people to have direct say in their community and government, usually exercised by the right to vote. In France specifically, the idea of an absolute monarchy led to rebellion and defiance. With little to no parliamentary leaders, it was hard for the people to oppose the views of the king and therefore the right of political involvement was diminished. In England, the
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