Another major change in Europe prior to the Enlightenment was an increased questioning of the justne

Another major change in Europe prior to the Enlightenment was an increased questioning of the justne

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Another major change in Europe prior to the Enlightenment was an increased  questioning of the justness of  absolute monarchy . For centuries, the common citizens  of Europe had little or no role in their governments. During the seventeenth and  eighteenth centuries, however, developments occurred that caused the authority of  European  divine right —the idea that monarchs were infallible because their titles were  granted by God—to weaken. Perhaps the most immediate catalyst of the Enlightenment  in this regard was the  Thirty Years’ War , which broke out in 1618 when Bohemian  Protestants revolted against their incoming Catholic king. The ensuing battle between  Protestants and Catholics spread into Germany, and over the course of the next thirty  years, nearly a third of the German population was killed. The atrocities that the German public endured over those three decades inspired 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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