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  1. Introduction
  2. The protesters: who are they and what do they claim?
    1. The student and feminist demands: challenges from the heart of traditional society
    2. Claims of smaller groups
    3. Anti-culture protest?
  3. Characteristics of the protest
    1. The power of symbols
    2. Prominent figures of the movements
    3. Collective movements
  4. Conclusion

While the 17th century left a general feeling of stability, the 18th century was known for its movements. The 18th century was a period where there was an emancipation of the mind, a projection of the spirit of free inquiry, and the Enlightenment which Kant defines as "leaving the man with the guardianship of what he is responsible for" and as "public use of reason".

There were four great empires in the geography of the world at that time. They were monarchies and states with complex structures. From 1715 to 1748 diplomacy and war were at the heart of Europe. The Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748 seemed precarious, and international relations in the second half of the century were still "rough".

Alliances were made and unmade, and the Seven Years War (1756 to 1763), and numerous maritime and colonial wars took place. A quest for domination characterized the period 1740-1790. It is within this context that we will examine the notion of great power in the second half of the 18th century. The term "power" denotes the power to command, to dominate, and to impose its authority.

Being powerful indicates having a lot of power and authority. What different criteria allow us speak of "great power' within the 18th century? What are the major powers resulting from the criteria selected? Can we really consider the notion that power can be applied to this period?

Tags: 18th century, empires present in the 18th century, Seven Years War, power during the 18th century

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