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  • The Enlightenment Dbq Analysis

    scientific were not accidental. All of these areas where science and reason emanated from were located in large cities. The map in document 3 shows that all of the major cities in Western Europe have a center of science nearby. This shows that even though the monarchies are not 100% following enlightened principles, they still allow their people to learn and enhance their minds. The one exception to this rule is the ruler of Austria, Joseph II. Joseph II was a truly enlightened ruler of the Age of Reason. He followed all of the ideas of the philosophes and attempted to radical reform Austrian society. Sweeping reforms across all society tore down the old rules and began to try and make a better society. In document 6, The Serfdom Patent, Joseph abolishes serfdom and allows peasants to move around freely. His new ideas free peasants from mandatory service and abolish the practice of tying families to serve one lord. Joseph’s purpose for writing this decree was to free peasants from mandatory service. Because of this, he would not avoid offending the nobles and was clear about what he meant. Even though it seems that Joseph would be a perfect example of a ruler who is enlightened, he does not count because his reforms were not permanent. He had trouble accomplishing all he set out to do and once he died his reforms were undone. Although he attempted to change society, he did not realized what Catherine and Frederick realized: society was not ready to be changed. With the…

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  • Difference Between The Middle Ages And The Feudal System

    In the middle ages, the way that land was ruled and controlled is very different from the way our land is organised in the present day. They had something called the Feudal system, which is basically a series of grants of land in return for a service and supplies. The Feudal System started with the King, who owned a lot of land. Naturally, he couldn’t control and farm it all, so he granted some of it to the highest ranking of his nobles and church members- barons, bishops etc. In return, these…

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  • Peasant Revolts DBQ

    During the 16th century in Germany the peasants began to feel and notice the unfair treatment from all non-peasants. They became so frustrated with their unfair treatment that they began to form groups and revolt against the upper classes of Germany. If the German authorities were not so greedy they could have ended the peasant results with no trouble at all but instead they were greedy and the peasants took advantage. There were many causes that lead to the peasant revolts in Germany.…

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  • Obligated Serfdom Essay

    Obligated Serfdom Before African slavery existed in the New World, Englishman enslaved their own people to complete the work needed on its farms. Early wealth in the American colonies was due almost entirely to its crops, so it needed cheap labor to maximize profits for its landholders. Native Americans weren’t a great option for labor because they were very resilient to diseases and were more difficult to enslave due to their tribal security. Africans weren’t used from the start because they…

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  • Alexander III Chapter Summary

    features of serfdom’ and was impelled to take action. Whilst Alexander was aware of the features of serfdom, having served on secret committees addressing the issue of serfdom. Serfdom was not the most important reform that Alexander wanted to make; this can be seen through the restrictions that the 1861 Edict of Emancipation put on serfs as they were never truly free. The edict of emancipation was used to motivate serfs into working harder for the reforms that planned to follow. Passage A…

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  • Feudalism Research Paper

    During the High Middle Ages, the serf system developed in Europe, where it continued up to the middle of the 19th century, together with the slavery, on conditions that were financially mutated or bound. The serfs used their labor to work in the states’ land or manor, where they could get protection or justice in return. At the same time, the people could acquire an additional reclamation of land, which assisted them in their livelihood. The serfdom involved some activities such as farming,…

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  • Catherine The Great: The Rise And Fall Of Catherine The Great Russia

    intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment” (McGuire 25). Catherine’s policies and ideals were products of the 18th century her claims to be ‘enlightened’ were specific to Russia at that time (Henderson 14-15). Most people believed that Catherine did care about peasants and serfs but they were very wrong about that. Catherine a lot of times would be pressured into things by other nobility that ended up hurting the serfs. But during her reign she tried to help improve the lives of the…

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  • Saint-Omer's Economic System

    knights and clerics. Lastly the more of the town the guild controlled the more secure their monopoly on trade and the more power the guild had. Guild monopolies and restrictions on trade are counterproductive in modern economic theory but they made a lot more sense in a time when personal and economic rights needed to be carefully guarded. These rights were important not just for trade but also for attracting free peasants and runaways serfs to make up for the negative population growth in…

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  • Tocqueville The Centralization Of Power Analysis

    in that the Louis XI first tried to lessen the local authorities, and the Louis XIV ruthlessly destroyed every part of it (Tocqueville, 125). Overall, the centralization succeeded, and the power and the role of the aristocracy was well gone, and became the strangers to the government (Tocqueville, 130). Tocqueville opens the Book II by acknowledging that the revolution that had the total abolition of Feudalism did not break in places where the situations were not far off from the original; on…

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  • Personal Narrative: Abolishing Feudalism

    represent the people of the Third Estate - the skilled tradesmen, merchants, and peasants. The Third Estate was given double the number of representatives as that of the First and Second Estate. They thought that overthrowing the system and forming a new system of government that fit their ideals would make everything better for the people of France. However their radicalism spread to the surrounding countryside and resulted in the sacking of the homes of upstanding noblemen by radical groups of…

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