Soon after the Bastille was taken, many other outbursts and riots occurred in France. Many aristocrats’ chateaux were burned, and this era of violence became known as The Great Fear (Wright 33). Many aristocrats and clergy fled the country in fear of being beheaded (Wright 34). Louis was put on trial as a traitor and was executed on January 21, 1793. Many people led revolts and provided the revolutionary ideas that the upper classes feared... ... middle of paper ... ... but his future was clearly in England with his daughter and son-in-law (Kiran-Raw).
The angry and easily manipulated peasants, who were used by the bourgeoisie for their own benefit were another significant change, and finally the decline of the traditional monarchy, that for so long had ruled, were all factors to the main point that the French Revolution was caused by a political base, with social disorder and economic instability contributing to the upheaval. All of the sub-factors relate with one-another, but are separate in their own ways. For centuries, the French noble was well set in society. He found prosperity and security in the old regime, and all he had to do was pay homage to the king, and provide the king with his services. This all came to a gradual stop, however beginning with the loss of the noble's power over their own land at the hands of Louis XIV.1 This was the foundation of the revolte nobiliaire in the fact that it formed a basis of mistrust, and anger for the monarch.2 In that time the feudal system was still being practiced, so social status was based on the amount of land you could attain.
At the end of the 18th century, France was the center of cultural sophistication. However, beneath the shiny surface, a storm was brewing. The absolute monarchy was broken; majority of France was starving and disgruntled with the system of government. As the Enlightenment took hold and ideas about the right kind of government began to spread, tension only began to increase. By the late 1780’s, France was in the middle of the French Revolution, thanks to weak leadership, the call for change across France’s social classes, and radical thinkers willing to make a stand.
One of the main causes for the revolution and essentially what started it was the inefficiency of both governments and the oppression they placed upon their nations. There is a strong similarity of how and what each government did to abuse their powers. Both governments lead their country into a bad state by forcing the peoples to fight for a cause that did not involve the, but was instead the major authorities problem. The French were driven into war to help America's revolution while the Americans were always forced to fighting Britain's battles, all of which suppressed the growth of their nation. As said in Thomas Paine?s 50- page pamphlet ?Common Sense?
The people voted for the death penalty, and he was later beheaded (1793). The peasants had a say in their country’s government and ‘the angry mob’ was now in power. It was at this time, they first questioned how they were to govern themselves. “Through revolutionary ideology and institutional change, the bourgeoise gained a po... ... middle of paper ... ...wer of the national state. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars tore down the ancient structure of Europe, hastened the advent of nationalism, and changed forever the era of modern society.
The Parliament were the ones set prices on foods, and held trials including murders and thefts. Even though they served as the government of the region, they were hated by everybody, including the king. The King had people called intendents who “curbed the power of nobility” who were hated even more than Parliament. Before the Revolution, a constitution was trying to be made. The National Constituent Assembly abolished feudalism in the August Decrees (made in August of 1789), however it had already almost been abolished by successful peasant revolts.
Thousands of others met the same fate in a period known as the Reign of Terror. The revolution ended when Napoleon Bonaparte, a French general, took over the government. At the beginning of the revolution, events seemed minor and proceeded in a logical fashion. One of the reasons the revolution originated was the discontent among the lower and middle classes in France. By law, society was divided in to three groups called estates.
They assumed that they all lived peacefully, but the slaves saw something different going on in France that triggered them to revolt. France was having their French Revolution, where they had overthrown and killed their king. As mentioned by the Frenchman, “those stupid innovators who brought turmoil to France and killed their King…These are the causes which started, accelerated, and prolonged the revolt, and destroyed the most beautiful country upon the earth.” It
The French Revolution took place at the time when the poor peasants who had been mistreated, revolted against the wealthy and cruel aristocrats. When they did this, it was bloody, chaotic, and no lived were spared in their conquest for revenge. In Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, the French Revolution is depicted through the lives of both peasants and aristocrats. The Marquis St. Evermonde and the whole Evermonde family treated many of the peasants cruelly and inhumanely. In the book, the poor townspeople from the suburb called Saint Antoine are among the many French peasants to revolt against the Marquis and all the aristocrats, but this is only the beginning of their revenge.
The peasants revolted and overthrew their leaders. Only to realize that France would impose strict laws and taxes upon them making th... ... middle of paper ... ...lready extremely unstable and wary of who to trust. The country went into anarchy as we trued to continue a war, manage a country and hold together a stable military. Soon different militias within South Vietnam were rising and fighting the U.S. for power people were scared of re-colonization and feared the U.S.. Soon we had trouble realizing who was our friend and who was our foe.