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Thousands of years ago many people believed in Ptolemys geocentric theory that the Earth was the center of the universe But not until around 1500 was that theory disproved by the heliocentric theory formed from a great astronomer named Copernicus His theory proved that the sun is the center of the universe and that celestial objects revolution would orbit around the sun and not the Earth The word revolution in this case meant an orbital motion around a point superficial definition But it is because of the American Revolution and mainly the French Revolution that this word has been significantly altered Revolutions had been given a new meaning a meaning of reform violent and radical change in ones government The French Revolution from 1789-1799 and the American Revolution from 1775-1783 have been two of the most talked about and historical revolutions These two revolutions expressed a great impact around the world and have brought about great changes in their government Many believe that these revolutions were very similar in the fact that both countries France and America 13 colonies wanted a better way of living and a new form of government Although they were very much alike in that way as well as in other ways people do not realize the many contrasts among them Such differences were their reasons for change they type of government that ruled over them and the results of the revolutions The French and American Revolutions were both wars fought for a change in government The most important differences among the two was the reasons for a demanding change The French wanted equality while the 13 English Colonies wanted independence from British rule France was basically fighting a war against itself because of its feudalistic division of estates The third estate composed of peasants and its middle class the Bourgeoisie was very displeased and angered about the advantages of the first estate absolute monarchy and second estate aristocratesnobles who ruled
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