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“Print culture created the conditions within which French Revolution occurred.” Support the statement with suitable arguments. 

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Print culture created the conditions within which French Revolution occurred. 

i. Print popularized the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers. 

ii. They attacked the sacred authority of the Church and the despotic powers of the state; thus, eroding the legitimacy of a social order based on tradition. Voltaire and Rousseau were widely read. 

iii. All values, norms and institutions were re-evaluated and discussed by a public that was inquisitive, critical and rational. Hence, new ideas of social revolution came into being. 

iv. By the 1780s Literature mocked the royalty and criticized their morality. This led to the growth of hostile sentiments against the monarch.

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