French Revolution
Updated: 7/8/2020
French Revolution
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  • In 18th Century France, the king, Louis XVI, has spent lots of tax money, and raises the tax multiple times. Meanwhile, the peasants can barely survive because of a lack of money.
  • However, after the king goes bankrupt, the government refuses to allow him to increase taxes. This leads to debates in government, and ultimately the banning of the 'third estate', the peasant's section of the government.
  • Over the next few months, there were many riots, and one resulted in the attack of a French prison in Paris called the Bastille. This was the start of the French Revolution, and the people wanted to overthrow the government.
  • The revolutionaries win, and Robespierre takes control of the new First French Republic. The king is executed, and Robespierre begins a reign of terror; he invades other countries and executes thousands of innocents.
  • However, the new government decides to execute Robespierre, and after a power struggle, successful military commander Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the new leader of the new 'French Empire'.
  • Over the next few years, Napoleon began winning wars for France and began to secure his position of Emperor. The Revolution was over.
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