Contributions to Classical Liberalism


Ancient Greek Democracy

Approx. 508 BC - Approx. 332 BC

In ancient greek democracy, the process was much different from what it is today. Back then the voting process was not as fair, as the women in the society were never allowed to take part. The voter had to be "an adult male citizens who owned land and was not a slave." Ancient Greece is not a great representation of classical liberalism, but it definitely laid down the building blocks for it.

The Magna Carta


"Magna Carta" means great charter. This is one of the most important documents in history since in guarantees the rights of individuals and to fair trail. It established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king. This treaty made the building blocks for the rule of law and fair treatment and protection of all individuals.

Haudenosaunee Confederacy

Approx. 1400 - 1776

This confederacy is made up of 6 different tribes. These tribes wre at war for many years when they finally decided to made a written constitution which they call the Great Law of Peace. In this they establish the division of power in a government, granting equal participation in government for women, established rights and freedoms. This is very important to classic liberalism in the way they we are granted freedom.

The Reformation

1517 - 1648

This was brought on by Martin Luther in 1517 through a series of 95 theses. Luther was finding that the church was corrupt and wanted to make a change. He indirectly talked about the ideas of the rule of law because of the way the pope had acted like he was God. He encourage people to want greater religious freedoms and spoke on his thoughts about freedoms.

The Enlightenment

1650 - 1800

The enlightenment was a time period where liberalism was most pronounced. Everyone was very focused on the fact that they had rights and making sure that their rights were always given to them. Through this, equality was further introduced into the political system.

The Industrial Revolution

Approx. 1760 - Approx. 1840

During the industrial revolution there were so many new ways of completing everyday tasks that had to be done and coming up with new technology to improve the economic and political systems. This period of time was focused more on the rights of business owners and companies, and finding the best way to sell their products. Through this the ideas of private property and the rights of business's were formed further.

The American Revolution

1775 - 1785

When the american colonies went against and fought the British government. The colonies didn't like being told who they could trade with and being dictated in that way. They ended up winning and formed their own democracy apart from the British empire with more rights and freedoms and more private ownership

The French Revolution

1789 - Approx. 1799

The french revolution was a time when the people overthrew the monarchy to take control of the government because they didn't enjoy the way they were being treated. Through this, the Declaration of The Rights of Man and The Citizen was written. This majorly affected the treatment of lower classes and made it more fair for those who lived in Europe and even all around the world.

Changes to the Class System

Approx. 1800 - Approx. 1900

During this time the social class and it's structure was being slowly taken apart. Your wealth and working status was starting to show where you stood in the society and its hierarchy. During this time private property and economic freedom where very important to the citizens and the politics. Since class was ow determine by your wealth, buying and selling was very important, so it put pressure on the ideas of economic freedom and made changes and gave way to a new meaning once again for what it meant to the society.