The French Revolution
Updated: 12/20/2019
The French Revolution
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  • The Meeting of the Estates General
  • Looks like we win once again 3rd estate! No taxes for the rich!
  • It's not fair though!
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • We shall not leave this here court until we get our constitution for this engrossed land of the greedy!
  • The Storm of the Bastille
  • For the people! FIGHT!
  • Back in 1789, France held a conference called the Estates-General, which was called upon to help King Louis XVII figure out a solution to Frances financial debt. A solution was called for by Vote by Order, meaning each estate would count for one vote. In the end, despite having the majority of people, the 3rd estates lost to the 1st and 2nd estates vote. Despite the actual vote being very un-democratic, this vote query was actually the main event that sparked the entire revolution, which of course is extremely democratic, even if not intentionally.
  • The Promise to the People
  • Serve your people or we will make you!
  • After the Estates-General vote, the 3rd estate of France had felt that the trial was biased and unjust, and demanded for a change in their society. The 3rd estate rallied back where they had voted, but the door was locked. So they instead headed towards Louise's tennis court and vowed to stay there and as one until they had a constitution of their own for the people of France, and pledged that they would never leave, until they get the freedom they desire. They called themselves, the National Assembly. This is a huge step towards democracy, as it's the real first example of revolt against their government, demanding for change.
  • The Merciful Murders
  • He likes the Kings hair...OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
  • On July 14th, 1789, the National Assembly raided Bastille. The reason why they were raiding the base for weapons was because King Louise XVII had requested Swiss Troops be sent to France to help protect him in case the Assembly turned violent. This action shot him in the foot however because the Assembly thought the troops were there to kill them all, so they retaliated by raiding Bastille, and to everyone's surprise, they succeeded. While this may seem to have been a very democratic victory for the people, the actual battle that took place was not. The action of killing those for their wealth's is very much a un-democratic action.
  • The Short Rein of Power
  • In 1789, a mob of women, mainly mothers, marched towards the kings castle in Versailles to demand for him to provide more food for the people, and to move to France's capital, Paris, to help manage the people. This action of the women was extremely brave and democratic, as they took the risk of invading their kings castle to demand for action from the government.
  • After being convicted of being a traitor of France, King Louise XVII was executed via Guillotine in 1793. After his death he was taken over by a republic led by Robespierre, a French lawyer and major supporter of Democracy. So much so that if anyone in France were to support the king in anyway, including simply liking the kings hair, they would be executed for treason. While this was a very democratic intervention for France, Robespierre's actions were very un-democratic; executing those who he disagree with.
  • Napoléon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France from 1804 - 1814 / 1815, and had taken control of at least 8 different countries before his rein had ended in 1814 by many different European nations like Great Britain and Russia. While he was a very strong military leader, he couldn't handle the power of these titans. After he was exiled to St. Helena, he died of stomach cancer and left a major power vacuum in Europe.. After his death, Britain, Russia, and many other European nations reformed the Continent under several blanket states owned by some of the major powers of Europe at the time. This move, while seeming to be very monarchist, was actually a major cause for Europe's move to democracy entirely to this day, especially France. Where only a few years after Napoléon had died and was replaced by King Louis XVIII, the king was thrown out of power by the people and was replaced by Frances first president.
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