The French Revolution : A Time Of Enlightenment, Global Capitalism, And Most Important Revolution

2236 Words Dec 16th, 2016 9 Pages
The late 18th century into the early 19th century was a time of enlightenment, global capitalism, and most importantly revolution. With European countries becoming more involved in global politics and affairs than ever before, conflict between these powerful nations was inevitable. When France succeeded in establishing ties to the new monarchy in Spain, the Bourbon regime formed and established rule during one of the most tumultuous periods in history. With Napoleon’s conquest of Spain in 1808 ending the Bourbon regime, questions of legitimate leadership formed. The colonies owned by Spain faced a difficult choice of either remaining true to the Spanish Crown or to recognize Napoleon as their new king. After escalating conflict in Europe during the 18th century, France faced growing unrest at home which eventually lead to the French Revolution. The aftermath of the French Revolution lead to political uncertainty and questions about the French government. The revolution resulted in new ideas and conceptions that would go on to influence much of the following years. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the constant shift of power led to the leadership of French colonies questioning the power of the French empire. These colonists began to wonder if laws applied to the French also applied to colonials who faced a different environment compared to the mainland. Both of these political regime shifts affected not only the citizens located in the main land, but also those people…

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