Factors Of The French Revolution

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What happens when a country’s commoner population is worn-out, hungry and overtaxed by their King? And the peasants and commoners outnumber your ruling classes three to one? When they organize themselves because they are just tired of being hungry and watching as their children starve to death? You can only push your subjects for so long before they plan a revolt. The French Revolution was brought on by many factors but mostly because the king was out of touch.
Beginning in the late 1600s Europe had been experiencing the Age of Enlightenment. Previous to that the people were in a type of “intellectual enslavement” believing only what they were told by the clergy and upper classes (Cobban, 1964). With The Enlightenment came a new found free-thinking
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Members of the Directory were appointed by Parliament. Remaining Jacobins and anyone who objected to the Directory and its rulings were quickly silenced by the French troops. The troops were under the leadership of an up-and-coming general by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon and his troops were used to maintain order throughout the country; the Directory had come to rely on their presence. In November of 1799 Napoleon staged a coup d’état to overthrow the Directory (history.com staff, 2009); Merriam-Webster defines coup d’état as “a sudden attempt by a small group to take over the government usually through violence” (merriam-webster.com, 2016). Because of this coup d’état Napoleon was able to proclaim himself the first consul of France and eventually appointed himself emperor thereby ending the Revolution and starting the Napoleonic era of French history. It is important to note that during the Napoleonic era France would go on to conquer much of Europe (history.com staff, …show more content…
The French aided the colonists in their war against Britain, not because they felt that the colonists deserved the rights and representation they wanted, instead they helped because they were upset over their losses to the British in the Seven-Years-War. The King was looking to regain some face that he felt was lost during the conflict (Wilde, 2014). While the King was successful in helping the Americans defeat the British, and drive them out of the US, he also succeeded in growing the French deficit (Roberts et. all, 2013). The shape of continental Europe changed during the revolution as well; as Napoleon marched across the continent claiming victory after victory the size of France grew. It swallowed nations whole stretching the reach of the King as far west as modern day Poland, into Scandinavia and south into

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