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S: The French Revolution

1: The French Revolution

2: Causes of the French Revolution *People did not have equal taxation *The fall of the ancien régime could be to blame - not very flexible *conflicts among the formerly allied republican groups caused a lot of discord and bloodshed *Debt led to long running problems with the French government | To me it was really unfair to have unequal taxation. The Elite would spend their money on useless things while the poor would be starving and scrounging to pay their taxes. No wonder France was in debt, people were spending their money mindlessly!

4: The Role of the Church At the beginning of the French revolution the church was very wealthy which made it a target of the revolution. In fact the revolution in many ways was anti-catholic. The clergy were exempt from taxation so the third class targeted them as well. I think it's sad the church was targeted, but they weren't spending money well either, so maybe they deserve it. Plus they didn't make it easy for people who attended church. They told them they had to buy their way out of sins. Just to get money to support their budgets.

7: Key people in the French revolution **King Louis XVI: King of France leading up to the revolution *Georges Danton: sought revenge on those who aided the king *Napoleon Bonaparte: Military genius who was leader of France from 1799-1815 *Olympe De Gouges: Wrote Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen *Jean-Paul Marat: Leader of the people, was stabbed in his bathtub *Duke of wellington: Defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo *Maximilien Robespierre: Head of the committee of public safety and instigator of the Reign of Terror

9: Major Events 1. King Louis was forced to accept the decrees of the National Assembly because of threating women who were complaining of their starving kids. 2. The king was killed so that they could move on with a new government. He was sent to the guillotine January 21st, 1793 3. The National Assembly moved forward with Dechristianization by removing all Christian related words or actions from French daily life. 4. Russian's defeated Napoleon's Grand Army. They refused to fight and retreated for hundreds of miles and burned their cities in the process so that Napoleon's armies would have no food or supplies. 5. Duke of Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo. It was a bloody defeat and Napoleon was exiled to St.Helena.

10: Economics of the French Revolution society The immediate cause of the French revolution was the near collapse of the governments finances. there were bad harvests which led to food shortages. This means more people went hungry. Also the cost of everything was rising. Women and children were going without shoes and stockings which they probably traded to get food. On the verge of collapse there was a meeting called to raise new taxes.

11: It's horrible that it took the government so long to realize the hurt of their people! The French parliament hadn't met for over a decade when they finally came together in a time of need. The people of France were starving to death and didn't even have the proper clothing attire, yet the wealthy were blind sighted and couldn't see past the end of their own noses.

12: I think all history has lasting effects. Look at William Shakespeare, he made up all these tragic (or comedic) stories for his lunch money.They aren't even true yet we read them and call him one of the best literature writers of all time. We learn so much from history that we take for granted and just see as every day life.

13: Lasting effects of the French Revolution Things we take for granted today was all a result of the French Revolution. Equality of all humans, dignity of the individual, and "civil rights" were all a result of the French Revolution, The French revolution greatly influenced the American revolutionaries who composed the Constitution of the US (which is based on the enlightenment ideas).

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