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  • Catherine The Great And Joseph II
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    Enlightened despots believed that political change could best come from above; from the ruler. However, they were encouraged by the philosophers to make good laws to promote human happiness. How did these monarchs differ from earlier unenlightened monarchs of the past The difference lay in tempo. These new despots acted abruptly and desired quicker results. They were impatient with all that stood in the way of their reforms. In addition, they justified their authority on the grounds of usefulnes...
  • True To His Enlightened Nature
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    Intro to European History 3-3-99 Enlightenment Ideas and Political Figures of The Enlightenment Era The Enlightenment of the 18th century was an exciting period of history. For the first time since ancient Grecian times, reason and logic became center in the thoughts of most of elite society. The urge to discover and to understand replaced religion as the major motivational ideal of the age, and the upper class social scene all over Europe was alive with livid debate on these new ideas. A French...
  • Enlightened One
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    Buddha Buddha is the founder of Buddhism, considered by hundreds of millions of people as the "Enlightened One" who looked for truth in the world. Ironically, the truth about his life is shrouded in mystery as most of the records taken about him were from followers, not historians. He was born into a military family, the Sakyas, in Lumbini Nepal in about 563 BC. His actual name was Gautama Siddhartha but has also been called Gautama Buddh and Sakyamuni (Sage of the Sakyas). At an early age, he b...
  • Enlightenment And The Great Awakening
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    By: Lori A Scientific Understanding of God Two eighteenth century movements, the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening, changed American colonists' views on reason and wisdom. The Enlightenment, led by philosophers such as John Locke, emphasized abstract thought to acquire knowledge. The European and American thinkers' research led to a greater understanding of scientific phenomena and the questioning of the government's rule. Similar to the Enlightenment, the Great Awakening changed colonists' ...
  • Frederick The Great Of Prussia
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    During the eighteenth century there was a great movement of intellect, ideas and reason. Some of these thoughts and beliefs were that men were born with unbreakable rights such as life, liberty, and right to own property. They also included the belief that people should have the right to govern themselves and that they should be able to get rid of a ruler that did not satisfy the people he was representing. These ideas were shared and rejected by many including rulers of countries. In Russia, Pr...
  • Great Awakening
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    The Enlightenment And The Great Awakening Essay, The Enlightenment And The Great Awakening The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening are two primary European movements that drifted across the Atlantic into America between the 1730's and the 1760's. They caused many changes in the lives of humans. The Enlightenment emphasized the power of human reason to shape the world. It caused many people to be less honorable towards God than they had been before. They felt that they could think, analyze, and...

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