French Revolution

The French Revolution
The French Revolution was a crucial event that changed the history of France for all time. It was a time of political and social turmoil and revolutionary change in France. The French governmental structure underwent on a radical change for the single monarchy with a system of benefits for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy to a new system based on the Enlightenment principles such as citizenship and inalienable rights. The outcomes to these alterations were vast bloodshed, upheaval in France, and raging war with the other European powers of that time. All these events took place to shape an innovative France.
There are certain key factors that lead to The French Revolution which began in 1789. France at the time was in economical and social distress under the rule of King Louis XVI, and the burden came mainly upon the productive classes. Since King Louis XVI had practically destroyed the roots of feudalism, by consolidating absolute monarchy which made outward feudal forms very complicated. Malnutrition and famine was a great contributor to the Revolution; due to the outrageous price of bread and other products it caused disease and starvation in France. One of the greatest considered factors that lead to the Revolution was the financial condition of France. King Louis XVI fought many wars, The American Revolution in particular and carelessly spent a lot of money bringing France to the brink of bankruptcy which in turn caused a heavy taxation on the lower classes. The country of France was in great turmoil due to these unfortunate events over time.
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Ricky Cepeda
English AP
The French Revolution
December 22, 2009