The meeting of the Estates General represented a step towards democracy because the king was forced to call a meeting of all representatives of French society.
King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates General. He called the meeting because the French government was having financial problems.
The Meeting of the Estates General
We need to figure out a way to fix this financial issue.
We're not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require.
The Tennis Court Oath
Yes, until the constitution of the kingdom is established
This represented a step towards democracy since they swore to never separate until they "established a sound and just constitution."
The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate, the only member of the Third Estate commitee who didn't sign the oath was Joseph Martin-Dauch.
I hate that this prison has become a symbol of the monarchy's dictatorial rule
The Storming of Bastille
Yes, that's why we are going to storm it
Revolutionaries created a summer holiday in France when they stormed the Bastille. The fortress was a hated symbol of the monarchy that held political prisoners.
Sadly, storming the Bastille led to no democracy at all; it led to anarchy and the murder of innocent men, women and children.
It gave the revolutionaries confidence in the power of the people over the king. In 1789 France, the main food of the commoners was bread. A poor French economy had led to a scarcity of bread and high prices.
The march contributed to the ride of democracy by taking King Louis XVI back to Paris, causing him to basically become imprisoned there, causing him to essentially lose his power,
The march on Versailles
We should have rights too!
Its not fair that men have a lot of rights and we dont!
Reign of Terror Phase of the French Revolution. It began with the overthrow of the Girondins and the ascendancy of the Jacobins under Robespierre.
The reign of terror contributed to the rise of democracy. This led the people to unite and protect their freedom, thus giving birth to democracy.
The Reign of Terror
Well that's too bad.
I dont want to die!!!
I know declare myself emperor of France
The Rise of Napoleon
The rise of napoleon was a step towards democracy because his coming to power spread nationalism all across Europe.
It was hoped that with the end of the monarchy there would be an end to the wars, unfair taxation and excess draining the French economy. The people wanted to improve their economic fortunes.