Revolutionary Revolutions: France Vs. Mexico

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Human history is comprised of many strides against oppression and revolutionary upbringings. Two notable revolutions, the French, beginning in 1789, and the Mexican, beginning in 1910, had varying goals and outcomes. France wished to debunk the unfair social stratification and the limited rights of the third-estate, ultimately leading to the abolishment of this oppressive regime, while Mexico wished to overthrow an oppressive dictatorship, which eventually ended in the endowment of unprecedented rights to the Mexican people. Eighteenth century Europe viewed governing a civilization through the means of power and control, rather than social and individual needs. In France, monarchs followed a socio-political system titled the old regime, in …show more content…
A significant detail that differentiates France and Mexico’s revolutionary goals is the idea of independence. In Mexico, citizens wanted independence from Spain and wished to create their own country. In France, the French did not want to part from the government but simply ameliorate the corruption. Additionally, although France and Mexico both wanted to eradicate their oppressive governments, Mexico had a dictator and France had a monarchy. This difference of who was in power assisted in the elongation of the French revolution in comparison to the Mexican. Because the oppression in France of the third-estate was more systematic and supported by conservative first-estate and second-estate members, it was difficult to find a singular entity to blame the third-estate’s problems on; as a result, the National Assembly simply attacked, rioted, and protested those opposed to the movement. In contrast, although Mexico did have conservatives that wished to stay a colony of Spain, the vast majority of people, regardless of social class, opposed the dictator. The ending of both revolution’s differed greatly as well. After the French revolution ended, Napoleon came to power, an event many deem counterintuitive as France wished to escape an autocratic government decades earlier. In Mexico, a president assumed power after the revolution, rather than a dictator. Ultimately, both …show more content…
Shortly before the French revolution, the thirteen colonies of America, inspired by humanistic ideas from the Enlightenment, wished to gain independence from Britain. America’s success in splitting from Britain inspired the revolution in France, which in turn inspired the Haitian revolution and revolutions across Latin America. The French and Mexican revolution, two of the most successful and notable revolutions of the eighteenth to twentieth century, resembled each other yet differed greatly. Both France and Mexico wished to debunk an oppressive regime and gain freedom, while Mexico wished to gain independence from another country and overthrow a dictator. France, in comparison, wanted a more prudent government and consideration for the third-estate. Ultimately, both France and Mexico were successful in achieving their goals and both executed their revolutions

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