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We explain to you what the bourgeoisie is and how this social class arises. What are the bourgeois values, and types of bourgeois.

During the 19th century and after the Industrial Revolution, the bourgeoisie consolidated its power.
  1. What is Bourgeois?

By means of burgundy, it is understood, broadly speaking, the well-off middle class and owner of shops and means of production, such as factories and industries, differentiated in vision. n traditional Marxist of the proletariat, that is, of the working class.

The terms bourgeois and bourgeois come from the medieval French ( bourgeoisie ), since they emerged as the name of a new urban social class born in the midst of medieval feudalism (the inhabitants of the boroughs, is say, the new parts of the medieval city). These were neither feudal (noble) lords, nor servants of the peasantry, but were initially merchants, artisans and free professionals, whose economic position allowed them to inhabit a step or intermediate in society.

The emergence and growth of the bourgeoisie marks the passage in the West between the feudal era and the modern era, since its economic power eventually came into conflict with the political power of society of the Old Regime (Absolutism) and the first Revolutions against the monarchy took place.

See also: Scientific Communism.

  1. The bourgeoisie according to Marxism

According to Marxist thought and the doctrine of historical materialism, the bourgeoisie occupies a dominant place in the production structure of capitalism, since they are the owners of the means of production n (factories, workshops, etc.) and obtain their wealth from the exploitation of man by man, that is, to take advantage of the proletariat's workforce to manufacture objects or provide services whose sale gets the highest possible slice, paying workers just a monthly salary.

Given the influence of Marxism on the thought forms of the twentieth century and later, the terms burgu s ”and“ bourgeoisie ”acquired in certain contexts a pejorative sense, becoming synonyms for exploiters, parasites, etc. .

See also: Marxism.

  1. How did the bourgeoisie come about?

During the 19th century the bourgeoisie became the ruling class.

The bourgeoisie was gaining importance thanks to the accumulation of capital and property, which often meant that many bourgeois families became ennobled and even accessed a certain local political power, especially in the city-states of the time such as Venice or Florence. The key to this was that they were not subject to feudal jurisprudence, but rather constituted a relatively new social class.

Mercantilism and the expansion of European empires that came with the modern era meant the enrichment of the bourgeoisie and the definitive fall of the feudal model, whose values ​​no longer meant much. The new bourgeois and republican values ​​ended up demolishing the absolutist model of the State, which reserved all political power to the nobility, in what was called the bourgeois revolutions.

Finally, during the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution, the bourgeoisie consolidated its power over the new capitalist world, thus becoming the dominant social class and therefore the most conservative . The impoverished nobility often needed the financial support of the bourgeoisie and it aspired to its traditional status, so they ended up coming together in opposition to the proletariat.

  1. What are the bourgeois values?

The rise of the bourgeoisie introduced new cultural values ​​to the West, upon which the New Regime of which the bourgeoisie would be the ruling class was built. These values ​​are those of the French Enlightenment, liberalism and encyclopedism, and include the following:

  • Civil or public freedoms . This includes religious freedom, of the press, of expression, of assembly and, above all, of economic freedom, a key concept for the free market defended by the liberals, lacking state or union restrictions, and the predominance of private property above all. .
  • The rule of law The division and separation of public powers, organized on the basis of equality before the law of all men and in political liberalism, with a parliamentary system supported by a national Constitution.
  • Equality, freedom, fraternity . The three great values ​​of the Republic, promulgated by the French Revolution of 1789.
  • Social mobility The possibility of the ascent or descent of any individual within the socioeconomic scale based on their economic, intellectual or labor successes, and not by their blood, lineage or belonging to a social stratum.
  1. Types of bourgeoisie

Broadly speaking we can talk about the following categories:

  • High bourgeois. The so-called high society, that is, the wealthiest and most exclusive sectors of the bourgeoisie, which in many ways are managed as a new aristocracy.
  • Little bourgeois. Luck of a minor bourgeoisie, intermediate between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.
  • Bourgeois illustrated. Originally an eighteenth-century bourgeois class that cultivated the values ​​of culture, arts and education, the term can also be used to refer to the university or artistic middle class.
  • Agrarian bourgeoisie. Despite the contradictory of both terms, this name is used to designate landowners and large agricultural products.

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