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WH Fall Final Guide

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While at first, Napoleon generally adhered to the philosophies of the French Revolution as manifested in The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, as time progressed, hisabsolute power suffered from corruption at the expense of the French populace.It is thoroughly possible that Napoleon personally did not believe inadhering to the principals of the French Revolution during his entire reign. However, he sought to supply a few basic rights of the French Revolution which only ultimately benefited himself. Napoleon violated almost every principle delineated in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen in order to benefit his own means. He did,though, support several principles, primarily manifested with the Napoleonic Code.At first, Napoleon was simply the "First Consul" of France, giving him theparticular position of power with the country, but not yet supplying him with totalcontrol. Slowly but surely, this changed as Napoleon ameliorated his power further with each plebiscite. In order to give an illusory that his ain power was increasing through democratic means, Napoleon held a plebiscite in which people can decide whether or not Napoleon can increase his power. The validity and honesty of these plebiscites were questionable; but nonetheless, the people of France were under the impression that they were ruled by a leader that they elected. Eventually, Napoleon would become the emperor of France, having comprehensive control over the French empire which he worked to create for years. The Napoleonic Code was a set of statements incorporated into the French Law which reflected some idea of the French Revolution. They were not entirely upheld by Napoleon, but the stipulations in which they were supply an argument for those who believe that Napoleon did indeed support the philosophies born from the French Revolution. For instance, the main ideas traced in the Napoleonic Code where Equality Under the Law (most obviously violated due to the treatment of women), the right to Protection of Property, and the right to Acquisition of property.
Romanticism was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical. It was partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific rationalization of nature. It was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature, but had a major impact on historiography,education,and the natural sciences. It had a significant and complex effect on politics, and while for much of the Romantic period it was associated with liberalism and radicalism, its long-term effect on the growth of nationalism was perhaps more significant.In the second half of the 19th century, Realism was offered as a polar opposite to Romanticism.The decline of Romanticism during this time was associated with multiple processes, including social and political changes and the spread of nationalism.Realism is broadly considered the beginning of modern art. Literally, this is due to its conviction that everyday life and the modern world were suitable subjects for art. Philosophically, Realism embraced the progressive aims of modernism, seeking new truths through the reexamination and overturning of traditional systems of values and beliefs.Realism concerned itself with how life was structured socially, economically, politically, and culturally in the mid-nineteenth century. This led to unflinching, sometimes "ugly" portrayals of life's unpleasant moments and the use of dark, earthy palettes that confronted high art's ultimate ideals of beauty.
Capitalism is based on private ownership of the means of production and on individual economic freedom. Most of the means of production, such as factories and businesses, are owned by private individuals and not by the government. Private owners make decisions about what and when to produce and how much products should cost. Other characteristics of capitalism include the following: Free competition. The basic rule of capitalism is that people should compete freely without interference from government or any other outside force. Capitalism assumes that the most deserving person will usually win. In theory, prices will be kept as low as possible because consumers will seek the best product for the least amount of money. Supply and demand. In a capitalist system prices are determined by how many products there are and how many people want them. When supplies increase, prices tend to drop. If prices drop, demand usually increases until supplies run out. Then prices will rise once more, but only as long as demand is high. These laws of supply and demand work in a cycle to control prices and keep them from getting too high or too low. Socialism, like communism, calls for putting the major means of production in the hands of the people, either directly or through the government. Socialism also believes that wealth and income should be shared more equally among people. Socialists differ from communists in that they do not believe that the workers will overthrow capitalists suddenly and violently. Nor do they believe that all private property should be eliminated. Their main goal is to narrow, not totally eliminate, the gap between the rich and the poor. The government, they say, has a responsibility to redistribute wealth to make society more fair and just. There is no purely capitalist or communist economy in the world today. The capitalist United States has a Social Security system and a government-owned postal service. Communist China now allows its citizens to keep some of the profits they earn. These categories are models designed to shed greater light on differing economic systems.