Comparing Enlightenment Ideas Of The Enlightenment And The Dark Ages

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Most people today will probably claim that the world is mostly free. But this will differ from where and who you ask. The U.S. laws and rights were inspired by Enlightenment ideas such as the John’s Locke, Voltaire, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Although the Enlightenment brought a new way of thinking, the age of Imperialism took away the freedom many people had. The world is not as free as we think. Throughout the decades, the world has become freer, but many countries are still fighting for their freedom against a government who are hungry for power.
Before the start of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, Europe went through a time of depression called the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages was a time where the desire to learn and discover new things was nonexisting. After the Dark Ages, the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution sparked the Enlightenment. In the 1300s, the rebirth of Europe began to occur. People started to gain an interest in gaining knowledge and exploring the world. This leads to the Scientific Revolution in the
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This poem is seen as a “justification” to mistreat people and look at them as unequal. The same countries that created and used the Enlightenment ideas of equality, began to mistreat and state that non-whites were unequal. “Your new-caught sullen peoples,/ Half-devil and half-child,” Rudyard Kipling says in the poem. These two lines showed how the Europeans looked down on the non-whites, describing them as “half-devil and half child”. This poem justified how it was the white man's duty to civilize and educate the “uncivilized”. A prime example of this is how imperializing countries imperialized Africa. The Berlin conference was meeting where countries split Africa and decided which country got what part. They did not care about establishing tribes and in most cases forced rival tribes to be living in the same

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