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    Romanticism response to the French Revolution

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    Can you please offer some insight regarding Romanticism and how it responded to the French Revolution and also a revolt against the Neo-Classical Age?

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    Now, obviously to understand Romanticism as a reaction to something, we have to understand what it reacted against. It reacted against the concept that all things worth pursuing were known externally, could be tested and repeated, could be entirely rational and mental. That was the "Enlightenment" mentality that allowed the French Revolutionaries to deconstruct authority, whether divine concepts or it or political concepts of it. This obviously had a lot of benefits, as we see for the next few hundred years in mostly democratic governments of Western civilization; but what Romanticism did was see that compartmentalizing human ...

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