2.2.6 Classical Liberalism

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  • -507 BCE

    Ancient Greek Democracy

    Ancient Greek Democracy
    The Ancient Greek Democracy was the first form of "democracy". The ideology behind it was "the people rule", thus meaning that the rule of government was in the power of the people. It contributed to the development of classical liberalism in the sense that "the rule of law". This meaning that there was a practice of peace before seen in the eyes of the law.
  • 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was a charter of liberties that was signed in Great Britain in 1215. This was put into place because of years of unsuccessful foreign polices and have taxes. With that in mind it helped with the ideology of classical liberalism. This is because it specifically addressed that everyone, including royals was seen adequate and equal under the eyes of the law.
  • 1301

    The Renaissance

    The Renaissance
    The renaissance was a period in history, specifically in the European region. It lasted from the 14th to the 17th centuries and was a period of time where many changes occurred. It lead to many things but some important ideas to outline was the fall of feudal system and the rise of humanism. Humanism was seen as a idea that people can be seen as holding there own wealth and worth. The idea of humanism inspired many people and some of those being thinkings that are the basis for liberalism.
  • 1400

    Haudenosaunee Confederency

    Haudenosaunee Confederency
    During the time period of 1400's - 1776, when 6 different nations were at war finally decided to create a confederacy and with that "the Great Law of Peace". Essentially different people from all nations were elected to participate in government decision making, allowing them to have a impact. But importantly this helped form classical liberalism as Individual rights and freedoms were brought up into the constitution.
  • 1517


    The Reformation, also known as the Protestant Reformation was a remodelling of the Western Christianity. Essentially Martin Luther had come to believe that the Church had become much to powerful but more corrupt than anything. Martin Luther believed that they have been driven offside from there true believes and purpose, and needed a reformation. The reformation within the church helped developed liberalism as principles of individual freedoms as it gave them power in there decisions.
  • Industrial Revolution

    Industrial Revolution
    The Industrial Revolution was a time period where people sought out new advancements in technology, but more less trying to improve food and good production. The Revolution lasted from the early 18th century to the 19th. The Industrial Revolution helped classical liberalism because it introduced more prevalent ideas of private property. And also it was allowed because of the Enclosure Acts, thus meaning that people could buy property for private use.
  • The Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment
    During the early 18th Century many things happened, however there was a large emergence of philosophers to believe and explore new ideas that would change society. These philosophers constantly had different ideologies that were slowly accepted by society. This helped classical liberalism form as people sought out there own rights and freedoms.
  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution
    During the time period of 1776 to 1783 there was a dispute between countries. Essentially through trading there was many tariffs and taxes that were put into place by Britain, so America went to war against them. With all of the fighting the Declaration of Independence finally ended disputes between countries. With the Declaration in place it allowed both countries to act in self interest. Which later on helped form the idea of classical liberalism.
  • The French Revolution

    The French Revolution
    The French Revolution was a time period during the 17th century that lasted 10 years, 1789 - 1799. The Revolution resulted in individual rights and freedoms along with the idea of having a government that was run as democratic that has limited government intervention. This helped promote the ideas of classical liberalism.
  • Changes to Class system

    Changes to Class system
    Throughout time people have lived in all types of different classes and systems. The class systems were different from one another yet the same, this meaning that it was very rare to move up in a social rank. However throughout time people started wanting a change, this was because there was talk about rights and freedoms. The class system evolved from a social hierarchy and power, all the way to work put in, family history and birth status.