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Influence of Print Culture on French Revolution

The print popularised the ideas of the enlightenment thinkers. The thinkers attacked the authority of church and the despotic power of the state. The writings of Voltaire and Rousseau were widely read and created an enlightened class of people. Print created a new culture of dialogue and debate. All values, norms and institutions were re-evaluated and discussed by a public that had become aware of the power of reason, and recognised the need to question existing ideas and beliefs. There was outpouring of literature that mocked the royalty and criticised their morality. In the process, it raised questions about the existing social order. This literature circulated underground and led to the growth of hostile sentiments against the monarchy leading to the French Revolution.

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