The battle against each other By: Conner Huyck

Causes of the French Revolution

  • Inequality in society: The three Estates: 1st Estate was made up of the Roman Catholic Clergy, only 1% of the French population & paid no taxes, 2nd Estate was made up of the Nobility, only 2% of the French population & paid no taxes, 3rd Estate was made up of the Bourgeoisie, Sans-Culottes & the peasant & paid: all taxes, rent, fees, and paid to the church
  • Ideas of Enlightenment writers: The French were creating ideas to rebel against Britain, but then they thought about how these could help change the French to benefit the people
  • Poor leadership from Louis XVI: King Louis spent a lot of the tax money and because of this he caused more corruption
  • Financial Crisis: At their highest the French were paying 50% debt and 50% interest, and the third Estate was falling to do anger towards the government
  • Widespread hunger & record cold: hail-storms and drought ruined the harvest, the winter or 1788 was the worst in eighty years, and food and firewood was scarce
The Enlightenment writers

The three Estates fell because the 3rd Estate was the only ones working & paying taxes. Do to poor leadership & spending most of not all taxes King Louis XVI was executed with the guillotine. Louis XVI was forced with bankruptcy to his country and to try and fix this he tried to tax the 2nd Estate. The country was broke, hungry, and angry, the 1st & 2nd Estate could have helped but the Clergy and Nobility resisted all such efforts.

King Louis XVI

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon

-As a young general, Napoleon showed great courage and leadership in battles against Austrian and Italian armies

Napoleon was nothing more than a peasant before going to the military to fight with the French. When enlisted his prime opportunity came in the French Revolution. In 1794 he won a dazzling victory over Austrian troops in Italy.

Troops in Italy

-As Napoleon's power continued to grow, he decided to seize political power

-power did get to Napoleon he wanted more and was not granted it, so he crowned himself to get what he wanted

Once becoming emperor of France he began to build an empire. Wanting to conquer Europe Napoleon started what was known as the Napoleonic wars. After many years Napoleon was victorious in fighting Europe.

-Napoleon wanted nothing but good for the French, but not everything went as planed

Other countries reactions

The French Revolution impacted other countries in various ways. In Europe, the revolution led to a series of wars between various countries and the French. It also led to the rise of Napoleon and the empire he won, albeit briefly.

The French Revolution caused the US a great deal of trouble. First, it helped split the country between pro-British and pro-French factions. Second, it led to many problems in foreign policy. The French and British went to war, and the US was caught in between with both countries preying on US shipping to the other country. This eventually led to near-war with the French and finally to the War of 1812 with the British.

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