The French Revolution

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    Deficit Spending

    Deficit SpendingLouis XV inheireted a country deep in debt from Louis XIV. As king he arrogantly coninued spending, to the point where France's liabilities became greater than its income. This plus the expences from the Seven Years War and the Amerian Revolution only put France deeper in debt and forced them to borrow more money. By the time Louis XVI began his reign, the only solutions were to increase taxes and decrease expences. However, the nobles rigidly resisted taxation and louis was too week to act.
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    Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

    Robespierre and the Reign of TerrorMaximillion Robespierre rose in rank in the Commity of Public Safety, leading the revolution. Believing that fear was the way to create liberty, he installed a policy of swift, harsh justice stating that all who are criminal must be executed. This policy and his staple of terror; the guilloteen, would end many lives and convict many others, ultimately provoking fear amoung all the French. the terror only came to an end when the head of Robespierre fell just like all those he convicted.
  • The Estates-General

    The Estates-General
    King Louis XVI calls for the three estates to meet and be prepared to state grievances and to vote on issues pretaining to the problems at hand. However, the system was unfairly weighted to the first and second estate, even with the majority of the people being in the third estate. This sparked the creation of the National Assembly within the month.
  • Storming the Bastille

    Storming the Bastille
    Rumors of royal troops massing to extinguish the revolutionanry rebelion lead 800 Parisians to gather to storm the bastille in Paris. Their purpose; to raid the fort for the gunpowder and weapons thought to be contained within. Once they have taken the fort, they find nothing inside and begin piecing it apart brick by brick as a statement of reform to the royal party.
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    Civil War

    Civil WarFranc e faced prolonged turmoil and fighting between the monarchy and the revolutionaries, beginning with the storming of the bastille where the people made their first move. In four years, the radicals had taken control over the government and turned France's rage on tyranny abroad; no longer focussing on inward issues.
  • The National Assembl Acts... continued

    The Constitution of 1791 marked the end of royal rule. In it, the power to rule was transfered to a small legislature of men. This ended the first big step in the revolution.
  • The National Assembl Acts

    The National Assembly was bent on reform making many rash and quick decisions. Beginning with the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the Assembly did away with the special priviliges belonging to its members of noble status and declared the beginning of the revolution. This sparked the women's march on Versilles where the king and his family were forced back to Paris. It also led to the reform of the French Catholic Church which put it under state control.
  • Threats from Abroad

    Threats from Abroad
    Threats from neighboring monarchies threaten to intervene in the the French Revolution in attempt to save the French monarchy and stop the spread of revolution.
  • Monarchy is Abolished

    Monarchy is Abolished
    Radicals take over the legislative assembly and form a new group known as the National Convention. This group then writes a new French constitution abolishing slavery. however, the fall of the heads of Louis XVI was the decisive final blow to the monarchy of France.
  • Third Stage of the Revolution

    Third Stage of the Revolution
    After the terror, the mass of moderates produce yet another constitution forming the Directory which lasted from 1795 to 1799. This attempt at government was not pleasing to the people and quickly found its end.
  • Nationalism Spreads

    Nationalism Spreads
    the spread of nationalism came about under the rule of Nepolean Bonepart, who pushed a strong loyalty to self and country. this gave to the people of france inspiration to fight and improve their country as well as to the contries who followed in their footsteps.