The Revolution Of The French Revolution Essay

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2nd Essay - Rough Draft In Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791 author Gary Kates states that “Furet [claimed] the Revolution embraced a radical ideology of popular sovereignty so that any abuse of power could be excused so long as it was achieved in the name of the people” (175). Personally, I agree with this statement because the people were willing to do anything to get what they desired. The French Revolution was built upon the fact that French citizens desired to control the fate of their own country and not have a sole figure, the King, be in charge of it. In order to achieve what was desired, citizens of France frequently abused power. Instances include creation of the “Tennis Court Oath”, the “Declaration on the Rights of Man and Citizen”, and other forms of legislation. Such ideas were propelled by the ideas of former philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Edmond Burke. A key element of the Revolution was the idea that the people should be the rulers of France and not the King. This aligns with Furet’s belief that the Frenchmen were willing to do anything in order to achieve the goals of the people even if that meant abusing power. Previous to the Revolution, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau created the theory of the general will. This theory related to having the rights of the people over the rights of an overseeing government. Rousseau states “The Social Contract”: “Each of us puts his person and all his power in common under the…

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