The Impact Of The French Revolution On France

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Louis XVI learns that France is on verge of bankruptcy in 1786. The reason France had so much debt is because they funded the American War of Independence, but America never paid them back. In order to try and save the French economy, Louis XV raised taxes. After multiple failed tax reforms, France continued to go deeper into debt. Over half of France’s annual budget went to paying interest of their increasing debt. Another contributing factor to France’s debt is the fact that they have no national bank or currency set in place. The only source of income for France was taxes, which continued to increase (627).

National Assembly established in 1789. The National Assembly was created in 1789 when the Estates General meeting was called. Three
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The Haitian war was a war for independence. The Haitians started a slave revolution and that became a revolt to abolish slavery in France. The revolution encouraged revolts in the United States and influenced laws to be established within the United States. The lasting effects the revolution had on France is that they lost Haiti as an income source. With Napoleon losing Haiti, the struggle for the Nation of France to stay afloat got progressively harder (648).

Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French in 1799. When Napoleon became the emperor he restored power to the Catholic Church. Napoleon started wars with England and Russia. With these wars Napoleon started what would become the French Empire. Napoleon led France to victory against both nations. He had destroyed the Russian troops so badly Russia was forced to sign the Treaties of Tilsit
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Napoleon and Pope Pius VII signed the Concordat in 1801. This agreement stated that the Catholics could practice their religion freely throughout the French Empire. Although, Napoleon did get to choose the bishops, therefore keeping an eye on the Church. Not only did Napoleon appoint the bishops, he also paid the clergy, therefore maintaining a great deal of power in the Church (641).

Civil Code promulgated in March 1804. The civil codes, or the Napoleonic Codes, were a list of civil codes that were applied to any country that was under the control of France and as well as France itself. The codes similar to the laws within Britain and the United States by giving citizens birth rights and religious freedom. The key difference between the codes and the other nations’ laws is that the codes had specific codes for the roles of government officials. Government officials were the most qualified, not just people who won the office

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