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Throughout the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century Humanity was facing times of great new ideas that will significantly influence history The social conflict between the haves and the have nots escalated into a sharp collision in the 18th century and resulted in the French Revolution that will be a pivotal point for identifying the genesis of the future political ideas that were to shape Europe during the Industrial revolution Representing the conflict between the social classes those political ideas contradicted each other and represented the polarization in society One of the important political ideas in the 19th century was Conservatism Although the term at different times had different nuances Conservatism is basically a political philosophy that emphasizes on keeping as close as possible to the traditional values and retaining the current social political and economic order Conservatism viewed with skepticism most changes and in particular changes in the moral ordering of society they were regarded as very suspicious and probably harmful This ideology was based on the respect for authority custom and tradition and believed in proven institutions It turned out to be a convenient ideology for justifying the maintenance of the status quo Just after the French Revolution a lot of people were dissatisfied with the outcome of the revolution and its consequences so a negative attitude started to build up That was the base for Conservatism which developed as a reaction to what was perceived as dangerous tendencies toward radicalis m and a through rejection of the past The political legitimation of this attitude was Conservatism and in the beginning of the 19th century it gained a political face in the name of the British Tory Party Conservatism was quite instrumental in providing a counterbalance to the radical ideologies of the time It helped to keep society intact and stimulated gradual evolution rather than sporadic change and social instability Its positive effect can be seen in the gradual evolution
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