Economic. | Primary Cause of Rebellions and Revolutions Is Economics


Hst 101 Exam 2A
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1. The primary cause of rebellions and revolutions is economics.
2. Depressions and recessions were principally the result of outside entities meddling in free


Rebellions and revolutions have been witnessed throughout the course of human history. They significantly markdissatisfaction with the status quo and agitation for new ways of doing things in the affected society. Analyzing the reasons why people rebel or decide to cause a revolution, economic factors are always among the reasons given.

Before understanding why economics is the primary cause of rebellions and revolutions, it is important to have a broad definition of the term. Economics basically refers to the state of scarcity and how people can allocate the scarce resources to fulfill their needs (Caplinand Schotter 97). This means making decision that ensures there is fairness for all.