Age of Revolutions

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Age of Revolution From the late Eighteenth Century to mid Nineteenth Century, Europe revolved around the revolutionary spirit. This “Age of Revolutions” evolved from many factors: heavy taxes from war debt, harshness of labor, the Enlightenment influence and, diversity of social classes. The range of factors coincides with the various attitudes toward the Revolutions themselves (especially those of France). Many revolutionary supporters argued that revolution was the only way to invite justice and equality into Europe. The other’s saw the consequences of the revolutionaries’ actions and sided with the aristocracy. This radical spree of war was avoided by England--not because it was a country of compete justice and equality, but because of its flexible government (which developed from Queen Elizabeth reign). With a heavy disliking of the current conditions, many sought of the benefits of the revolution, which included the down fall of the aristocracy. Dickens advocated to the horror of the aristocracy with the depiction of his character Monseigneur, a Great Lord of the royal court and a massive terror to French citizens. Besides the guiltless murder of a child, he is provided four men to assist him in the strenuous chore of eating (doc 2). Meanwhile, the working class of France falls to their knees for the slightest sip of wine. With Monseigneur being the example for the upper class, it is no question to why there was a call for change. This same attitude is shown in Delacroix’s masterpiece- Liberty Leading the People (doc 6). This work depicts the heroic and compelling revolutionaries and serves as a memorabilia to the hard war fought the previous year (1830). This depiction, although heavily influential, is obviously biased to the third estate. Delacroix’s depiction shows the sans-culottes in their height and glory which is a reflection…...

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