French Revolution

French Revolution

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  • The Three Estates
  • Let's raise the taxes. We don't care, we don't have to pay them
  • What? Raising the taxes. I barely have enough money to buy my family food!
  • Let's Assemble
  • Today, we take the government into our own hands. No more paying taxes and struggling to survive.
  • Chaos Ensues
  • Is it true that the Swiss has taken over France? We must do something!
  • I have no idea, but I have seen foreign guards around the castle
  • During the 1700's in France was supposedly experiencing a time of great prosperity and wealth. This was the case for first and second estates; who were very wealthy and didn't have t to pat taxes. On the other hand, the third estate had to pay the taxes and made up 80% of the population which wasn't wealthy.
  • Major Change
  • The third estate became fed up with the king and the first and second estate raising taxes. They started their own form of government called the National Assembly. In fear, the first and second estate joined them and King Louis XVI went into hiding until he was forced to flee the country
  • Virtue or Terror?
  • I swear I have no loyalty to the king, But the man next door loved him.
  • I think you are still loyal to the king!
  • Austria/Prussia force King Louis back into power and wage war on France so that they don't lose their ally. While the military is gone, rioters take over France and capture the king. They did this by raiding the Bastille Fortress and taking all of the weapons and gunpowder.
  • Peace at Last
  • I will make this the greatest country the world has seen.
  • After the rioters took over France, they put King Louis on trial and found him guilty of treason. The King was put to death by the guillotine. The rioters then abolished the French monarchy and implemented a new set of rules including the right for all men to vote.
  • When France thought they were finally done with tyrants, along came Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror. During this time, Robespierre went around all of France and searched for anyone still loyal to the king. Anyone who had their loyalty doubted was killed. Over 17,000 people were killed.
  • The end of the revolution came when Napoleon Bonaparte staged a coup d’état and became the new leader of France. Bonaparte established new laws, opened public schools, started a national bank, and reformed the tax system. He also began France's hunt to conquer land and overpower the British
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