Revolution of Ideas

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Revolution of Ideas

Revolution of Ideas

Ideas and Innovations both changed the world between 1400 and 1800. Ideas influenced religion and government, while new innovations influenced the daily lives of common citizens.

There are quite a few innovations from 1400 through 1800 that have evolved into things that we use every day. Some of the most significant innovations were huge improvements on daily life for the citizens in Europe during that time period.

If people in England hadn’t started coming up with their own ideas about life, instead of listening to the kings, the governments from all around the world, as well as all of the religions that split from Catholicism, would not exist.

These maps show the many diverse governments and religions that have spread all around the world. As you can tell from the first map, absolute monarchy is no longer the most popular form of government; in fact, the most popular is presidential republics. The second map is about religion and shows that the largest form of worship still remains Roman Catholic to this day.

Having new ideas has greatly influenced the United States of America because in our country, we have Locke’s ideas of Natural Rights to let us have rights to life, liberty, and our own property, while Social Contracts say that if the government doesn’t protect citizens' rights, they can create a new government (Thibeault). The American Colonists came up with democracy because they wanted to be free from a tyrant king, thus eventually leading to the creation of many other governments, like Semi-Presidential Republics and Parliamentary Republics. The United States’ government includes Montesquieu’s idea of Separation of Power, which keeps the power of the country from being controlled too much by one branch of government. Our country also has Arouet’s idea of Religious Tolerance, allowing us to worship whatever/whoever we would like, which includes the religions that split from Catholicism like Lutheranism and Calvinism. Without the novel ideas of Locke, Montesquieu, and Arouet, the United States would definitely not be the same today.

The time period between 1400 and 1800 had many useful innovations that helped to improve life for the average citizen. Many of these innovations have been improved upon to things we use daily. For example, glasses have been upgraded to contacts and flush toilets now have seats and covers.

Although the world was influenced by trade and travel, it was most influenced by ideas and innovations. Trade allowed people to get the materials they needed to create new innovations, while travel ended up spreading the word about new ideas, therefore making innovations and ideas the most influencial part of the time period between 1400 and 1800.

Marissa Molitor

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According to, these are the most significant inventions from 1400 to 1800.


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