The Responsibility of the Monarchy for Their Own Downfall in 1793

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The Responsibility of the Monarchy for Their Own Downfall in 1793 The French monarchy were responsible for some of the events which contributed to their downfall, however it must be said that some factors, such as the Enlightenment and the harvests failing could not be blamed on them, and it was the way in which they reacted to these events which made them seem weak in the eyes of the French people. From the beginning of his reign it was clear that Louis XVI was ill suited for the role of king, and therefore it was inevitable that if an uprising did occur he did not have the necessary leadership qualities to stand against it. Though an intelligent man, Louis did not have the decisiveness nor the presence of mind to maintain France's prosperity when the nation began to mount vast international debts and financial crisis occurred. A more forceful man might have tried harder to make his views heard, and suggested ways of improving the situation, for example, setting up a national bank to take care of the country's money, but Louis was too weak-willed to stand against his advisors when they insisted that nothing should be done. The king had no confidence in his own abilities and was perfectly content to let others make his decisions for him, and as an absolute monarch he had no coordinated government to rely upon. As well as this the king presented the impression that he wasn't interested in his subjects and made little effort to travel around France and discover what life was like for them. He knew very little about his country and how it worked and the French people believed that he did ... ... middle of paper ... ... seperatley and the voting on issues was done by order, this meant that there was a bias in favour of the clergy and nobles who could block the third order, the commoners. The third estate also felt that it was entitled to double representation because it was representing the largest section of society and it had to pay taxes to the state. [3] Deism is defined as: "[From Latin Deus, God. Deity] The doctrine or creed of a Deist, one who believes in the existence of a God or supreme being but denies revealed religion, basing his belief on the light of nature and reason. This common sense approach to God and a spiritual philosophy can not only bring a lasting profound sense of peace and happiness to the individual, but it also has the potential to go light years in eradicating religious fear, superstition and violence.

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