One of the prime causes of the beginning of the French Revolution was the unfair distribution of wealth and authority. This negatively affected all of the peasants in France. During the early parts of the French Revolution, France was an absolute monarchy. Meaning that the king had all the power and authority. Understandably, many people undeniably did not politically agree with this.
This completely challenged Frances current system of an absolute monarchy. France also suffered through several years of poor harvests further increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. The years before the French Revolution would trouble both financially and socially, influenced by many more factors than the decisions of King Louis
The French aristocracy was very well known for being extremely corrupted. The King could do whatever he wanted—he had all the say, essentially. Aristocrats and nobles could spend money the government didn’t have on lavish clothing, jewelry, parties, etc. Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France and the wife of King Louis XV, was called Madame Déficit for this very reason. France plummeted into debt
The Roman Empire had a largely corrupt government, which mismanaged the itself into a collapse. As a Representative Democracy, Roman leaders were “elected” to represent their people. But, their system was far from perfect. Voting was restricted for most, limiting the actual representation of the people to only the social elite. According to an anonymous primary source from the era, “Now in addition to these injuries, were with the arts of [greediness] afflict the provinces, comes the appalling greed of the provincial Governors, which is ruinous to the taxpayers’ interests.”
With time this hatred only grew larger because of the ideas from the enlightenment. These ideas from the enlightenment came from the American revolution, therefore the American revolution also had an impact on France leading to the French revolution. The American revolution brought in revolutionary ideas, philosophies, and ideas which lead to the people of France being able to question the society the lived in which helped in laying the foundation for the revolution, therefore perspectives and ideas were one of the key factors that lead to the
With the French soldiers starting the Age of Enlightenment, the people in the third Estate started to wonder why they had to pay all the tax, why the royal family used up all their money in paying for luxuries such as dresses and fashion. Also, the people in the third Estate were granted no privileges, and this angered the peasants - they paid the largest amount of money, and they also took up 85% of the whole population. Why did they have to be treated so poorly? This problem was important, but it wasn’t the key as it was triggered by the Enlightenment and the American Revolution.
Encyclopedia Britannica states, “Probably the most regrettable effect of the conquest was the total eclipse of the English vernacular as the language of literature, law, and administration.” There were negative consequences to the invasion of England, including the ceasing of the speaking of the English language, the weakening link between Scandinavia and England, higher taxes for the citizens, and a large decline in the number of free peasants (Wilde, Robert). The weakened link between Scandinavia and England hurt England’s economy because of the decrease in trade between the two territories, and the higher taxes that the government gave the citizens made many of them live in poverty. The number of free peasants decreased because many of them were living in poverty, and became serfs to be provided with food and shelter, in exchange for their manual labor. The English language was originally used for official documents, but the Normans used Latin for theirs, resulting in a decline in the speaking of English for many years.
The change that has come over the country is but an index of and the effect of the difference of the two kings. The younger Hamlet has made most striking contrasts between his father and
When Hitler came into power in Germany’s democratic system of government was weak. There were people suffering a process of returning people to the place they were born and also returning refugees or military persons to the place they were born after World War 1. There were also lots of food shortages and very high unemployment rates which caused many people to starve and to be very poor due to having no job to source money from. The Great Depression had a rather large effect on the Weimar republic and this had an impact on the people and made them start to lose faith in the republic and this was because the treaty took most of Germany’s money and recourses. The German people were on food rations and they were in economic desperation and
The French and Indian War left England with a debt of £130,000,000. To help pay off the debt Britain set up taxes, to collect money, on frequently used products by the colonists. The Molasses Act put a six pence tax on every gallon of molasses. The colonists thought this was a lot of money to pay so they did everything to avoid it. This act was not really enforced and the colonists did not really obey this act.
Although the intention of the Articles of Confederation was to create a stable government for the 13 colonies, it was sadly designed poorly resulting in an overall ineffective government. The Articles may have been rewarded with some success with respect to western lands, but the overall effect was negative, especially the economic conditions. The economic conditions were primarily the most negative aspect of the Articles of Confederation. The inability to tax settlers caused the federal government to have a serious shortfall in revenue, and the restriction to regulate trade added to the chaos.
Peter the Great also did some things that were not so great like his ruthless torturing methods, he taxed people until they were nearly broke, he changed many Russian customs to more western european customs, and he mainly helped the wealthy people and not the lower class. Peter the Great showed himself as a monarch and did many good and bad things for Russia (Russia land of the Tsars). Louis XIV was the ruler of France and he also served as an autocrat with absolute power. Louis XIV was a strong ruler who always used a routine for the better. Louis XIV was known as the “sun King, the source of light for all his people” (Spielvogel one).
It takes a while to build your reputation, but it can be broken within second. Louis and Peter use their reputations to persuade others of why they would make suitable leaders. Along with their statuses they use a variety of tactics to lure in followers. Louis relied on a more aggressive and controlling method, whereas Peter went with a passive aggressive effort. Louis XIV and Peter the Great ruled their countries similarly using PERSIA categories, but overall there impact of that control are different.
Two great rulers of the 16th-17th century, Louis XIV and Frederick William, once paved their way into becoming a perfect example of how absolutism could turn out. Either in ruin, or prosperity. Louis XIV was the King of France, in which he praised so much his divine power as a King. On the other hand, there was Frederick William who aided the creation of the militaristic power, Prussia. These two rulers were idolized for their prosperous intellect and unique decisions when it came to governing their region.