1. The main reasons why the French Revolution started were because of Louis XVI. Louis XVI reduced privileges and increased taxes because of France 's action in the American Independence War. This caused the people of France to go against their king. The French Revolution was so violent that it caused the destruction of the monarchy and it also caused King Louis XVI to be executed.
The French Revolution overthrew the monarchy, established a republic, and experienced violent periods of political turmoil. Inspired by liberal and radical ideas, it profoundly altered the course of modern history, triggering the global decline of absolute monarchies while replacing them with republics and liberal democracies. There are mainly three aspects of the causes of the French Revolution—political, economic and cultural. The inequality of the French government’s policies in favor of the first two estates is a main factor of the French Revolution. A chart revealing the life of Frenchmen in 1789shows the differences among the nobles, clergies and the Third Estate.
Although promising, the French revolution did not end as was expected. It just turned into a massive bloodbath and struggle for power. These poignant events that have occurred during the revolution were used by Blake in his poem to give the readers a raw perspective of what they fail to see around them. He used the power of words to wake up the sleeping desire for a change in governance and fight against tyranny. Much like in Philippine history, many revolutions were to fight against the abusive rulers and the unjust exercise of authority.
Revolutions were indisputably a crucial part during the 1700s and 1800s. Revolutions are primarily defined and recognized as a sudden or great change for the better. In particular, one prominent revolution that occurred in the late 1700s is none other than the French Revolution. The French Revolution eventually led to the development of new political forces. Also, it questioned the jurisdiction of the king, priests, and nobles.
Compare and contrast of The French Revolution and The American Revolution The American revolution and the French Revolution are two major incidents happened in the 1700s, which had intense social impacts on both French and American societies. In general, the American Revolution was more successful than the French revolution. The similarity between them is that the citizens in both countries, both faced the block of common economical development of the government. However, there is a difference that makes the American revolution succeeded while the French revolution doesn’t. The American Revolution turned the American society into a republic, as the French Revolution eventually led the French society into dictatorship and more chaos in the
One of the direct causes of the French Revolution was the incapability of the Royal Treasury in resolving its problems. The fiscal crisis of 1786 worsened the situation since France had been living beyond its means since seventeenth century. The unique features and hostile reactions provoked by the fiscal system of the state during the Ancien Regime were also responsible for the French Revolution. Another major reason for the French Revolution was bankruptcy of the state due to conflicts between the Monarchy and nobility to rule out the tax reforms, which were detrimental to the progress of the state. Furthermore, there had been an increase in social antagonism between the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy.
What has it been until now in the political order? Nothing. What does it want to be? Something.” In response to his own title “What Is the Third Estate”, Sieyès answered, “The Nation.” The pamphlet expressed the widespread feeling in France that although a small faction may be in control, the country rightly belonged to the working crowd. Sieyès’s pamphlet bound the Third Estate to action, provoking the crowds to take matters into their own hands if the aristocracy failed to give them complete respect.
In this role, Bonaparte had absolute power over France. But some traces of progress were seen, as Bonaparte created a fairer tax system, new schools and a new set of laws (some still in place over 200 years
The French monarchy’s decline in authority can be seen from the acclaimed zenith of Louis XIV. By 1685 it was clear that power was highly concentrated with underpinned by the belief that Louis XIV ruled with divine right absolutism. This can be seen in the centralisation of power in the newly built palace of Versailles where the ‘Sun King’ portrayed an image of absolute power. It was reinforced by the revocation of Edict of Nantes, as he believed religious diversity weakened his regime. This allows one to examine and compare his reign to the nadir of Louis XVI only a century later, whose authority had been fatally undermined as France was in turmoil; on the verge of bankruptcy by 1789, it was blighted by increased poverty and revolutionary ideas were spreading.
In order to better understand the social inequality in the French revolution, it is required to understand the social construct of The French Empire before the revolution. A monarchy, the old empire are mainly classified into three estates, this being the clergy, the nobles, and the commoners. The clergy and the nobility both benefitted from various privileges, such as tax exemptions and exclusivity of political authority. The clergy are known to exploit the commoners such as asking for payment and they are infamous for living a scandalous life. Few historians would disagree that social problems are a cause of the French Revolution, it is widely known how the privileged were overthrown due to unhappiness among the citizens , however the fact that the social conditions had been similar for hundreds of