Essay1 - Burke is About to Feel Paine In the time around the 1790s a revolution started in France against the monarchy that had ruled France for

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Burke is About to Feel Paine In the time around the 1790’s, a revolution started in France against the monarchy that had ruled France for many years before . The revolution was based on Enlightenment and ideas of liberty and freedom . In 1790, Edmund Burke wrote a political paper called The Reflections on the Revolution in France . He wrote this paper to express his ideas of his dislike of the French Revolution . Burke wrote this in the early phases of the revolution and is one of the best known attacks against the French Revolution . He was in the British House of Commons as a Whig and later in his life was a great supporter of the American Revolution . After he wrote the attack against the revolution, he was very criticized against many people and led to a break up in the Whig party . Although all the controversy at the time, today he is known as a father to modern political philosophies . Next, Thomas Paine was one of the most well-known author who criticized Burke’s views in a writing he called Rights of Man in 1791 . It was written as a handbook to concepts of Enlightenment . Even though Paine was born in Great Britain, he spent a great deal of his time in France and was granted French citizenship . This writing was in great support of the French Revolution . The writing was so controversial that British Government put him on trial for having seditious writings . He was also elected to the French National Convention and voted for the French Republic, but against execution of Louis XVI . Basically, Paine sole ideas were that a government’s main role is to protect
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the rights of the people . Paine’s writings were very influential in later generations to the philosophical and working class Radicals in the United Kingdom . Most important, Edmund Burke’s The Reflections on the Revolution in France , was a prediction of the outcome of the French Revolution . To start off, Burke expressed that the rule of monarchs was divinely established and the people underneath had no right to overthrow a dominant government . His idea of government was to be gradually reformed and not rise against and removed . Another idea that Burke emphasized was that a government found on liberty and rights of the people, which was what Paine’s
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Essay1 - Burke is About to Feel Paine In the time around the 1790s a revolution started in France against the monarchy that had ruled France for

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