Nationalism In The French Revolution

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Under Louis XVI France has depleted most of its finances, and is in debt because of France’s financial and military support of America during the American revolution. This has led to famine and civil unrest, while also giving birth to the revolutionary idea of nationalism during the French revolution. Radical leaders such as Robespierre used the idea of nationalism to motivate people into joining revolution in order to create the French republic. However, the true leaders of the revolution were the people, as they were the ones who stole the gunpowder from the Bastille and stormed Versai, while the leaders were just the ‘head of the snake’ that told people what to do in order for them to get what they want. Furthermore, nationalism did not spark the revolution, but rather fuelled it as the true reason why the revolution began was because the bourgeoisie were not included in the Assemblée nationale, so they retaliated by motivating a mass of…show more content…
The bourgeoisie, who were the city-people rather than the landowners they are primarily known as, were excluded from the Assemblée nationale, which angered them causing retaliation. Also, while the bourgeoisie, such as Robespierre, claims to be leading the people against the monarchy to provide them with rights, they were truly attempting to take control of the newly established republic. This shows how the masses were only tools in the plan of the bourgeoisie to establish their control, however, even when the republic was established the radicalised-people still wanted more. Finally, the republic was run by the bourgeoisie who got what they wanted, while the people who were driven by the idea of nationalism felt like they accomplished the
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