The Influence Of Culture: The French Revolution

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The French Revolution was an example of how culture brings revolutions; that they are made and do not simple come. This can clearly be seen in the counterrevolution that followed the removal of the King and the creation of the French Republic. De-Christianization fueled the counterrevolution by alienating the provinces of France. This shows how important it is to have a sense of inclusion, symbolism, and volunteerism for an efficient revolution. Religion is one of the few things that can transect class, economic status, race, and gender; It connects those who belong to the same faith. The vast majority of French citizens were catholic are the time of the revolution, this connected all of the state from rural to urban people. Connections like this are important for transformations, if everyone cannot agree then the road to change will be a difficult one.…show more content…
In the case of the counter revolution, I would imagine that the that symbol would be a crucifix. As the people watched the church lands sold and priest forced into swearing an oath to the state, the cross would have been a symbol that those who felt that the revolution did not have their interest at heart to rally behind. This was especially true after the September Massacre where refractory priests were among the beheaded. This validated the claims made during earlier church reforms, where it was believed that religion and revolution were enemies (Popkin 83). The church and its associated became the
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