French Revolution


The French Revolution was an important event that altered the history of France for all time. It was a time of political and social mayhem 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 effects to these modifications were vast bloodshed, upheaval in France, and raging war with the other European powers of that time. All these events took place to shape a new modern day France.  

Causes of the French Revolution
Many historians question the grounds of the revolution. The majority agree as to the events that led to the Revolution, but oppose as to the relative significance. There are many different critical factors that lead to what is known as The French Revolution which began in 1789. France at the time was in economical and social anguish under the ruling of King Louis XVI, and the load came mainly upon the productive classes. Since King Louis XVI had basically destroyed the roots of feudalism, by consolidating absolute monarchy which made outward feudal forms very problematical. Malnutrition and famine was a great factor to the Revolution; due to the extreme price of bread and other products it caused disease and hunger in France. One of the greatest well thought-out factors that lead to the Revolution was the financial condition of France. King Louis XVI fought many wars, The American Revolution in particular and he 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 disorder due to these unfortunate events over time. Economic conditions seem to have been even more important. Poverty grew and the economic failure of the monarchy irritated the situation.   A few more factors such as...