French Revolution Donovan Mcravin

The French Revolution had many causes, one of the major causes was the nation's debt.The debt of France was caused by King Louis XVI and his queen living a lavish lifestyle. Another cause was that only the 3rd estate was taxed and it was the 3rd estate that did most of the work. The 3rd estate also had very little food while the 1st and 2nd estates had a lot more food. The American revolution also played a part in France's revolution, when French troops were sent to aid rebelling colonists there was contact between the Americans and the French spreading ideas between the groups.

France could not rely solely on tariffs to generate income unlike other nations. While tax rates were higher in Britain, the burden was greater on the common people in France. In 1789, France was an absolute monarchy which was the most unpopular form of government at the time. The large middle class and some of the nobility and of the working class had absorbed the ideology of equality and freedom of the individual.

France could not rely solely on tariffs to generate income unlike other nations. While tax rates were higher in Britain, the burden was greater on the common people in France. In 1789, France was an absolute monarchy which was the most unpopular form of government at the time. The large middle class and some of the nobility and of the working class had absorbed the ideology of equality and freedom of the individual.

Napoleon was both villain and hero it all depends if you were French or an enemy of France. If you were French you had seen him as a hero because he modernized France and he also expanded the territory of France. He also stopped the bloodshed from the revolutionary war and prevented the return to the monarchy.

If you were an enemy of France than you would consider Napoleon a villain. Due to the battles he fought and the amount of soldiers that died he was disliked among other countries that were enemies of France. Napoleon quickly defeated France's enemies over the past decade and put France in a constant state of war. He was a strong and powerful commander, he fought many of his enemies and won. It eventually took 7 coalitions to defeat him and his powerful army.

There were a number of different reactions to the French Revolution in England . They were separated into the reactions of Pitt and the government, Thomas Paine and the supporters of the French Revolution, and Edmund Burke and those opposed to the French Revolution. Pitt and the government were neutral between for and against the French Revolution. Pitt felt that France was on the path of self destruction and Britain was only a spectator. But Pitt's neutral stand began to change when France started to interfere with other European nations. Many people in England were enthusiastic about the revolution but Burke was hostile to it and was alarmed by the favorable English reaction. Burke opposed the war to the end of his life and during that time he even lost a friend who was a supporter of the revolution and the two never spoke to each other again. Thomas Paine was the most pro French Revolution propagandist.

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