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The Enlightenment
Understanding Goal:
Ideas inspire action.
Investigative Question:
What resulted from the ideas and actions of the Enlightenment?
The Enlightenment was an eighteenth-century movement in
European and American philosophy that emphasized reason,
science, rationality and a dissatification with repressive rule. How
might the ideas of the Enlightenment have countered the
established ideals of the time? How might the sources above
reflect this opposition?
Can you think of any countries in the world today that have not yet
experienced an “enlightenment”? Explain.
World History
and Geography:
C.E to
the Present
Go to
to find further1500
of primary
sources that
depict important people or events of the Enlightenment, such as
those found in the exhibition, Creating French Culture: Treasures
from the Bibliothèque Nationale.
de France
World History and Geography: 1500 C.E to the Present
The Enlightenment
Library of Congress Resources Used:
Locke, J (1690). Two Treatises of Government. . Library of Congress:
Exhibitions, World Treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings.
Rousseau, J. (1762). Du Contrat Social: ou Principes du Droit Politique. Library
Of Congress: Exhibitions, World Treasures of the Library of Congress:
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