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King Louis XVI and the French Revolution

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In the 18th century King Louis XVI's spendings on the American Revolution practically bankrupt the country which had brought 2 decades of poor cereal harvest, cattle disease, and higher bread prices. Angry peasants showed their desperation by joining groups/clans that were against high taxes, those groups could not provide getting rid of taxes on how they always had riots and looted people homes.

King Louis XVI's controller general (Charles Alexandre de Calonne) came up with an solution to there financial problems which would make the eligible class of people no longer taxed and would tax the wealthy more. To support or help with this act the king summoned the Estates-General a sponsor of the clergy, the meeting was scheduled for May 5th, 1789.

Frances population had changed dramatically since 1614, the percentage of the non-autocracy people was now 98% but still was over voted by the other bodies. Approaching the May 5th meeting the Third Estate started to get across they wanted equal support, they wanted voting by head not status. After all the people wanted the same thing, they gave in they got the voting rights. The Estate-General had got everyone together at once in Versailles. But people started fighting and things turned hostel in between the three orders.

On June 12th, the National assembly continued to meet at Versailles. By this time fear and violence consumed the capital. All though people were enthusiastic about the break down of royal break down, Parisians became panicked as rumors of an impending military coup began to go around. A well known insurgency climaxed on July 14th, when rioters stormed the Bastille fortress in attempt to get gun powder and weapons, this is now a holiday in France called Bastille da...

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...t. Royalists and Jacobins fought the new regime but were shut down by the army led by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Within four years of the directory being in power they started facing financial crises, popular discontent, inefficiency, and above all political corruption. By the late 1790s the directory was falling apart and needed the army to keep them in power because without the army making them powerful the people would take them down. the directors gave most of their power to the generals in the field. November 9th, 1799, as frustrations with their leadership reached a fever pitch, Napoleon staged a revolution taking down the directory and placing himself Frances "first consul." Which put an end to the french revolution and started the Napoleonic era

Works Cited

history.com Staff. "French Revolution." history.com. A&E Television Network, 2009. Web. 15 Mar. 2014.
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