French Revolution By: josiah muliufi

There were many factors that played into the start of the French Revolution. One factor was the extravagant living and significant amount of spending from the monarchy King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This put their nation in a debt leaving them in a financial crisis. Another factor was the storming of the Bastille. When the people attacked the Bastille, it signified their oppression and the end of autocratic rule of monarchy.

I would say the French Revolution was a success. One reason why I would consider it a success would be because after the Revolution they were able to form a new stable government. "In 1791 the National Assembly finally completed its constitution. It created a new legislative body called the Legislative Assembly. Citizens gained broad voting rights, but only 25 years old had the right to vote"(599). This shows us how much the government has improved because before voting each person got different amount of votes based on their estate.

Also the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted which laid out the basic principles of the French Revolution-"liberty, equality, fraternity [brotherhood]."

Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI
The Storming of the Bastille

The Reign of Terror had a major impact on the French society and the Revolution. Maximillen Robespierre was the main leader of the Reign of Terror. One impact it had was the major loss of lives. Through the 10 months of Terror, 300,000 people were arrested, and about 17,000 people were executed.

Another impact it had was it started wars with other nations such as Britain and Russia. They formed a coalition and later on invaded France. The reign of error also caused a economic decline because it made an unstable political atmosphere.

Countries such as England and America reacted in a bad way to the French Revolution and Napoleon. From the beginning of the French Revolution America supported it, but as the war got more violent they became less and less supportive which led to a political division between the Democratic Revolution party and the Federalist Party.

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