The French Revolution

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The French Revolution was a civil revolt that broke out in France against the absolute monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church, which lasted from 1789-1799. This resulted in the establishment of France as a republic, democratic government and caused the Roman Catholic Church’s necessity, as well as its power to be questioned. The French Revolution ended the thousand-year rule of the monarchy in France and began when King Louis XVI gathered representatives from the 3 social groups called the Clergy, the Nobilities and the Commoners to solve a great national debt and economic crisis France was experiencing. The American Revolution is believed to have greatly influenced the French, and may have inspired the French Revolution. As the French had a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War, and funded the Americans in their revolution, revolutionary ideas of freedom and independence were spread amongst the two nations, inspiring the French to start their own Revolution. As well as this, the French Revolution was also influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment, a movement that promoted reason and science rather than traditions. The Enlightenment gave rise to ideas of equality and liberty of an individual, democracy in governments, nationalism, citizenship and freedom of speech. The Enlightenment also challenged the Catholic Church’s power and the rights of the nobles. The unfair ways of how common people were treated compared to royalty and nobility formed the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity, leading to the French Revolution. Unfair taxes that were only directed to the commoners, high society positions that were only to be obtained by nobles, food scarcity that only affected the poor and the royals having power over ... ... middle of paper ... ...rch lost most of its power over the people, and persecution of those who were not the same religion as others was ended. The classification of the nobles and clergy was also destroyed and occupations were open to all applicants, so people developed their own individual, independent identities. The Napoleon Code or the French Civil Code established the laws in France. The effect of this was giving people freedom of work and conscience, equality before laws and rights of protection of property. Other nations around the world also adopted laws from this code; therefore The Napoleon Code greatly impacted and formed the laws of the modern world, affecting all the people living on it. Overall, The French Revolution was a very inspirational and monumental event in world history. It changed the world for the better and inspired many other revolutionary acts and events.
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