Category Archives: Western Civ

The Law

In 1850 Frederic Frédéric Bastiat published The Law, his most famous political writing. Influenced by John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, Bastiat criticizes government for their usage of what he called legal plunder. His argument here focuses on the difference … Continue reading

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The Congress of Vienna

Before the year 1814 in Europe, the land had been plagued with numerous wars and strife. Mainly, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars were of major concern. To ensure long lasting peace in Europe many ambassadors of all … Continue reading

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The Abolition of English Slavery

Until its abolition in the 19th century slavery was a grotesque yet primary part of not only western civilization but also the entire world. It wasn’t until 1833 when England realized the moral and economical disadvantages that came with slavery … Continue reading

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Industrial Revolution

When talking about the Industrial Revolution people usually speak of the standard of living debate. This debate used to be on whether during the Industrial Revolution people acquired more economic growth than in previous centuries. There is only one conclusion … Continue reading

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The Reign of Terror

From September 1793 to July 1794 there arose an incredible amount of bloodshed in midst of French revolution. What was known as the committee of public safety decided that all enemies of revolution should be put to death by any … Continue reading

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Enlightened Absolutism

Enlightened absolutism was a phenomenon in the eighteenth century concerning European absolutist rulers, who embraced certain enlightenment ideals. Many of these rulers were personally acquainted with prominent enlightenment thinkers such as Voltaire and embraced some of their ideas. These ideas … Continue reading

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The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith, the famed Scottish economist has presented the world with some intriguing theories. Perhaps his most well known theory is the invisible hand. The invisible hand is a metaphor for the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace. The primary idea … Continue reading

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Disproving the Geocentric Theory

Before Europe’s scientific revolution many people held the Ptolemaic Aristotelian view of the universe. The contention of this theory is that the earth was at the center of our solar system instead of the sun. Also, all planets and all … Continue reading

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Carl Linnaeus

During the scientific revolution in Europe there emerged countless scientists who contributed greatly to the scientific scene. Among these was a botanist named Carl Linnaeus. The Swedish botanist was born in the countryside of Småland in southern Sweden and lived … Continue reading

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The War of Spanish Succession

At the beginning of the 18th century there was a war that could have changed the balance of power forever. This was the War of Spanish Succession, which lasted from 1701 to 1714. The conflict began when Charles II of … Continue reading

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