The Development of Liberalism


Ancient Greek Democracy

508 BC - 322 BC

The Ancient Greek Democracy was one of the very first existing democracy's. This democracy has shaped the means and foundation of our democracy's we have today. In this time, many other Greek cities had switched to democracy's, but none were nearly as powerful as Athens.

Magna Carta


The Magna Carta is one of the most noticed government documents in English History. It was created to solve tax issues between the King and the pope. Neither stood behind their commitments, therefore leading to the "First Baron's War." Ironic how the Magna Carta was mainly signed to resolve the issues between King John and the Barons. It also took complete power away from rulers and applied the idea of laws and jury's. It also created the right to privacy.


1400 - 1600

The Renaissance was a time of many reforms. Political, economical, social, and cultural reforms were all created during this time. Europe, of many places, was one of the most proven to reform in all of these ways. While the Renaissance shaped Europe in many literal ways, they also changed their way of mind. Instead of looking to the past for answers, Europe looked to the future. They wanted to control their own future for the greater good.

Haudenosaunee Confederacy

1500 - 1776

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy consisted of many nations. Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations. They created "The Great Peace Of Law." This allowed many rights to people during this time. It allowed division of powers amongst the government, and equal participation such as womens rights.


1517 - 1648

This is the Reconstructing of the national church in Europe. Many people were religious. The church had gained to much power, and therefore needed to be reformed.

American Revolution

1775 - 1783

The American Revolution is also known as the U.S war of independence. The tensions grew from Great Britain's 13 North American colonies and the colonial government. The soldiers of both these forces started to fight in April of 1775 and by the summer it was a full scale war.

French Revolution

01/01/1789 - 01/02/1789

People fought for their rights, equality, and freedom during this revolution. The church had more mobility rights than the citizens, therefore leading to the citizens creating tension to gain their equality. This led to the creation of " The Declaration Of The Rights Of Man" in 1789.

The Enlightenment

1800 - 1899

The age of Enlightenment was a intellectual movement which dominated world ideas in Europe. The idea of more power towards an individual led to the development of Classical Liberalism. The Enlightenment or Age of Reason mainly promoted the belief in the principles of classical liberalism.

Industrial Revolution

1800 - 1900

Many factors contributed to the revolution such as, technology, private property, individual rights, freedoms, self-interest and competition. These great technology innovations lead to better farm machinery, therefore leading to a greater production of food. With these technological advances, many people lost their jobs, so they demanded the government to help them. This led to nationalism and imperialism.

Change to the class system

1900 - 2017

Social Classes began to dissipate while class was now being based on wealth. The Classical Liberalism valued the individual more. More economic opportunities were opened to individuals as a result of this change. This change supported private property. Under this class of liberalism, more and more people had the chance to become wealthy.