How did absolutism impact the Age of Enlightenment?
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how did the Age of Absolutism affect The Enlightenment? Well, let's look at a historical example; the creation of the United States of America. The War for Independence started as a cry to be heard. The colonists, led by George Washington (above, "George Washington Picture and Biography." visitingdc.com. 22 May 2009) reasoned that if they were to pay taxes, they should have a right to be at least represented in Parliament. This is an example of government by consent. And why did the Dutch revolt? Excessive taxation by an uncaring ruler. The same as the American Revolution. During the Enlightenment, the fatal flaw of absolute monarchy became obvious. What if an incompetent or a insanely prideful monarch was born? The only way to remove them was by rebellion. And we see these prideful and incompetent kings in James, who refuses the colonies the smallest rights even though he knows they are on the brink of rebellion, or Phillip II, who taxes an already religiously rebellious territory to death, and lastly Louis the 16th, who is completely unaware of the common people's growing angst against the nobility.
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