The World in 1750
As we begin our study of the modern world, we begin at 1750. In this unit we will briefly overview the state of the world in 1750 and examine how those conditions made the ideas of the Enlightenment particularly attractive to those who yearned for freedom from oppressive regimes.
How were most societies and governments organized in 1750?
The Old Regime in France from Wikipedia. (Yes, Wikipedia. Use it as a guide, not as a source.)
Castas System in Latin America from the Native Heritage Project
Caste System in India from the BBC
Confucianism in China from the Asia Society Center for Global Education
WHAT WERE THE IDEAS OF ENLIGHTENMENT THINKERS, AND HOW DID THESE IDEAS REPRESENT A BREAK FROM THE PAST?
John Locke's Political Philosophy from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The SOcial Contract