The French Revolution And The American War Of Independence Essay

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The French Revolution was a period of time in which monumental social upheaval took place, most likely as a result of French involvement in the American War of Independence in the late 18th century. The French involvement in the American War of Independence caused the French economy to quickly drop, much like the American economy did during that time, and spun France into a recession and left the French treasury with very little money. King Louis XVI noticed this and brought multiple advisors to review the economic state of the country. Each advisor recommended the same remedy—alter taxation radically. Charles de Calonne, appointed Controller-General of Finances in 1783, had convinced the King to begin taxing the formerly tax-exempt nobility. The aristocrats refused and financial ruin seemed imminent. King Louis XVI, out of sheer desperation, convened the Estates-General to agree on a solution to the issue of taxation. No agreement could be made and this lead to the storming of the Bastille. On 14 July 1789, the Bastille was attacked by an angry and aggressive mob—formerly the “Third House” of the Estates-General and later the National Assembly. The storming of the Bastille is recognized as the beginning of the French Revolution, in which the monarchy was overthrown and a republic set up based on the ideas of ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ (Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood.) This all inevitably lead to the execution of King Louis XIV and his wife, Marie-Antoinette. With the…

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