The Scientific Revolution changed everything for Europe, but one of the lasting effects of this early period was a sort of war between science and religion. What is interesting is that this occurred at a time when the Catholic Church controlled education, and many of the early scientists were actually very religious. It is telling, of course, that this movement also emerged at after the Reformation and the Discovery of America, which both led to many questions that the establishment was unable to answer. In what ways did the new science challenge the older ways of scientific thinking and the claims of the Church? What was at stake? Many attempts were made to reconcile the two groups, but none of them seemed to work. Do you think there was a way that the two sides could have resolved their conflicts? In many ways, we are still fighting some of the battles from that time period. Do you think religion and science are still at war, and why? If they are, what do you think we could do today to reconcile the differences?
One of the most important factors in any revolution is the ideas behind the revolution and how committed the revolutionaries are to those ideas. The French Revolution was based on all sorts of ideas, from universal suffrage to women’s rights to democracy to economic reforms to social reform. Depending on which group was in power, those ideas were either expanded or diminished. For this question, examine at least three different important ideas that influenced the French Revolution, and trace where they came from, how influential they were, and whether or not after Napoleon took over if the idea survived as part of the post Revolutionary world of France. You should look to the enlightenment and the American Revolution for where the ideas came from
The 1600s and 1700s were a time of immense change in the lives of women. Detail how the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution and any other relevant events or themes you want to...
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