W CS 08

Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)

The Age of Revolutions was a period of two world-encompassing and interrelated developments: the democratic revolution and the industrial revolution. Both had political, economic and social consequences on a global scale.

Content Statement

8. Enlightenment ideas on the relationship of the individual and the government influenced the American Revolution, French Revolution and Latin American wars for independence.

Content Elaborations

The chain of political, economic and social changes that developed during the Enlightenment Age inspired the American Revolution, French Revolution and Latin American wars for independence. Enlightenment writers explored the relationship between governments and the people they governed. The ideas they espoused included freedom, natural rights, self-determination, limited government, consent of the governed and the common good.

Leaders of revolutions and wars for independence during this time based their quests for political change upon Enlightenment ideas.

Expectations for Learning

Explain how Enlightenment ideas influenced the American Revolution, French Revolution and Latin American wars for independence.