French Revolution By Kaleb Ongais

What caused the French Revolution

There were many causes of the French Revolution overall, but the overall reason was becuase of the nations debt and inequality among lower class people. The clergy and nobility declined revenue and that firmed them to start paying taxes. The commoners didn't like this decision which resulted in the rise of food prices. With the nations debt this caused the price of everything to rise to make up for the unpaid taxes. People of the nation were refusing to pay taxes because of the already poor nation. The enlightenment philosophies that explained the equal rights of all people, encouraged the commoners to form their own legislative body. This gained support from the people of the poor who were uprisin about the Kings decision to rise the price of foods. With the commoners starting to gain trust of the poor, this started problems as the king realized the effects the knew thoughts of the commoners were bringing. Overall the Revolution was not successful, after control was taken over by Napoleon Bonaparte, things seemed to be going good until challenges arose. They never were able to fully establish a constitutional monarch or even a representative government for France. The success of the whole Revolution was just the spread of enlightenment ideas beyond France.

Lower class inequality
King Louis

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon can be seen as more of a villain overall than a true hero. As he first took over his plans were to simply gain power and respect as fast as he could. He sacrificed many lives for victories but those victories came with little reward for the Revolution itself. Over the years of 1803-1815, there was a total of 371,000 casualties under Napoleon being the leader. There were some things that he did well, including overtaking countries and nations to spread ideas to others. He established a Bank of France to establish a strong economy.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Battle of Waterloo

Reaction to Napoleon and his over taking

The French Revolution caused much concern to other countries. Nations in Europe to be specific. As France was without a king no one knew what they were capable of doing. With Napoleon as the new ruler countries saw him as unpredictable and crazy. There was fear amongst countries as if they were to oppose the revolution this would cause they're own people to revolt and the same thing would happen. Austria decided to declare war on France instead of staying neutral. Everyone knew that Napoleon was smart and would do anything to control more of Europe and get his power to increase.

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