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Rousseau and the French Revolution
An examination of Rousseau's work and the French Revolution.
# 45861 | 2,060 words | 7 sources | APA | 2003 | US
Published on Nov 23, 2003 in History (European) , Political Science (Political Theory) , History (General)

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This paper discusses the first French Revolution. It analyzes some of the theory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and shows how some of his arguments were similar to those of the revolutionaries. However, it also shows how, after the revolution, the French revolutionaries departed from Rousseau's political theory.

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"Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an important political philosopher whose works rose to prominence during the French Revolution. The commoners of France (or the Third Estate, as they were called) would revolt against policies that First and Second Estate. Many argue that the philosophies of those who would rise to power during the French Revolution of 1789 were based on the Rousseau's philosophy. Although Rousseau's arguments for sovereignty of the people were an important part of the French Revolution of 1789, a careful look at the political thought and history behind the first French Revolution also shows a radical departure from Rousseau's political theory."

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