Age of enlightenment


an intellectual and scientific movement of 18th century Europe which was characterized by a rational and scientific approach to religious, social, political, and economic issues

The Age of Enlightenment led directly to the American Revolution and French Revolution and strongly influenced the Industrial Revolution.


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  • Age-old

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