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The 18th Century: From Rococo to Revolution Chapter 16 By Kelsey Griswold
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Age of Diversity Even the most determined cultural historians acknowledge serious difficulty in categorizing the eighteenth century. It has often been called the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, these titles fail to encompass the full spirit of the age. On one hand the eighteenth century was an age of optimism, putting trust into science and the power of human reason.
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Age of Diversity Cont. However, by its end, criticism and the press for reform had actually grown into a desire for violent change, producing the American and French Revolutions. Despite these two contrasting views, they do not cover all aspects of the eighteenth century culture. For example, one of the most popular artistic styles of the period, the rococo, was characterized by frivolity and
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Age of Diversity Cont. The 18th century presents an immense variety of artistic and intellectual ideas, seemingly contradictory yet in fact co- existant. None the less it is possible to discern at
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