Sunday, November 2, 2008

Was the eighteenth century, overall, a reasonably good time to live?

Generally speaking, life in eighteenth century Europe improved for those who were already living well, and got worse for those who already had it bad. Obviously, the wealthy noble class, the land owners, and aristocrats lived very well. The bourgeois' life tended to improve as well, although it was previously a solid lifestyle, for the line between bourgeois and nobility was no longer as clear. The stories of Thomas Pitt and Jean-Joseph Laborde exemplify this. As for the peasants and laboring class, quality of life lessened. In eastern Europe, a return of serfdom took away many peasants' liberties. Occasionally however, one who was poor would get lucky, and rise up through the social ranks. Opportunity existed moreso than previously.


Sarah Hayes said...

I think that if you had the oppertunity to improve your lot in life than it was a good time to live. If you had no way to get yourself out of your current scituation (sp)than it was a bad time to live.

Laxgoalie21 said...

i agree with both sarah and sam, it was a time of great opportunity and if you had an opportunity then you should take it and run.