. When censorship was abolished in France. What were its effects
Ans: i. Censorship was abolished in 1789 after the storming of the Bastille. During the period of old regime all written materials and cultural activities could be published or performed only after they had been approved by the censors of the King
ii. The declaration of rights of man and citizen proclaims freedom of speech and expression to be a natural right. Newspapers, books and painted pictures flooded the towns of France from where they travelled rapidly into the countryside.
iii. Freedom of press also meant that opposing views of events could be expressed. Plays, songs and festive processions attracted large number of people
iv. This was one way the French could grasp and identity with ideas such as liberty or justice that political philosophers wrote about