An age of revolution

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1ST Level of Analysis: Your gut reaction!!

  • What comes to mind when you hear the word “revolution”?

  • What revolutions are you familiar with that have taken place throughout history? (Were they a part of your answer above?)

American Revolution

  • Why did the above mentioned revolutions occur?

People wanted change.

  • What is the difference between a “revolt” and a “revolution”?


- no set plan

- does not usually result in change


- radical change

- planned

- goal is for change to occur

- complete change from old way

  • Recall Enlightenment ideas. How do you think these ideas might influence peasants & middle class in countries with absolute monarchs such as France?

People began to question absolute monarchs
2nd Level of Analysis

  • What forces cause “radical change”?

new ideas

poor government

  • Under what circumstances might people want radical change? Explain.

life is poor

something bad has occurred

having a bad government

citizen’s who are upset

better education

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