French Revolution

revolution in France from 1789 to 1799

The French Revolution was a time when France went through very big political changes. It began with the Estates General of 1789 and ended when the French Consulate was made in November 1799. Many of the ideas made during the French Revolution are considered basic parts of liberal democracy,[1] and today are very important in the French government.[2]

French Revolution
The Storming of the Bastille, 14 July 1789
Date5 May 1789 – 9 November 1799 (1789-05-05 – 1799-11-09)
(10 years, 6 months and 4 days)
LocationKingdom of France

It was caused by many different things. The Age of Enlightenment happened, and people had new ideas on how the government should work. France was also in debt because they spent money helping the United States of America in the American Revolutionary War.[3] They also spent a lot of money on the Seven Years' War and the War of the Austrian Succession. Many French people at the time did not like the government.[4][5][6] The government was a monarchy.

References Edit

  1. Livesey 2001, p. 19.
  2. Fehér 1990, pp. 117–130.
  3. Peter McPhee (2015). The French Revolution. Melbourne U. p. 34. ISBN 978-0522866971.
  4. Jones, Colin. The Great Nation: France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (1715–1799) (2002) pp. 124, 132–33, 147.
  5. Kenneth N. Jassie and Jeffrey Merrick, "We Don't Have a King: Popular Protest and the Image of the Illegitimate King in the Reign of Louis XV", Consortium on Revolutionary Europe 1750–1850: Proceedings 1994 23: 211–219. ISSN 0093-2574
  6. Jeffrey Merrick, "Politics in the Pulpit: Ecclesiastical Discourse on the Death of Louis XV", History of European Ideas 1986, 7(2): 149–160.