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How did the French Revolution Affect France politically, and socially.
Transcript of How did the French Revolution Affect France politically, and socially.
a revolution was just waiting to happen. Eventually it did and the
French Revolution violently transformed France From a Monarchial
state with a ridgid Social structure into a more modern nation
in which the social structure loosened up and the political power
went to the people. Now lets talk about the political side. This Way! :D To every Event there is a before and after Politically Before and After Before the French Revolution France was in a Finacial Crisis, well most of it anyway. For the royal and rich people it was a blast. The Monarchy at the time in french was horrific and very selfish like. The king cared about no on but his own (anyone rich). He cared more about Americas problems than his own country's. During the Seven Years' War and during France's help for the American Revolution,
the monarchy had fallen deeper in debt. The government was taxing common
people regularly and paying half of its revenues to cover debts owed to
aristocrats and other lenders. Paris had many who stayed alive by petty
thievery or prostitution -- sometimes both.
People were being buried everyday without
ceremony in bad graves. And many of the
living were hungry, in Paris and in other French
cities. In July, 1788, a hailstorm destroyed crops. France had its worst harvest in forty years, and the winter of 1788-89 was severe. not helping there hunger problems at all... so the main thing that people could have eaten
or was eating was Bread and Bread only. The Church was handing out bread and milk,
and the king's economic minister,
Jacques Necker, was doing what he could.
He forbade the export of grain and launched
a program to import food. This was with little
success. Food was in short supply in Europe
in general and frozen rivers and canals were
messing with transport.
All in all their government at the time
was straight up terrible and on the edge
of change. Politically, the revolution was more significant than successful. They completely overthrew the monarchy and got rid of their current supression of religion. The best results of the French Revolution were probably achieved in 1789-91, when land was freed from customary burdens and the old society was destroyed. This "abolition of feudalism" promoted individualism Its not like the revolution
was perfect there were some downsides It completely stopped any chance of a capitalist economy. There wasn't exactly a sustainable government right after
the revolution. but the people prevailed... France became increasingly a land of peasants. And etc. And since then France has been Growing Steadily into a the modern day society that we know today. now lets talk about the social part ^.^ Socially Before and After It was pretty crappy You had to be either well known, rich, or someone of royal value to be treated right. People who were still loyal to the crown and were poored considered being spit on, screamed at, whipped, mocked by anyone of high order an "honor". When a high class person came up to speak to a lower class person they called them citizen instead of Monsieur or Madame. Or in other words Rude and less formal Then... They had a revolution... no duh but anyways BEAST MODE The social part of france literally went... after the revolution :D Most of the high class is gone now and the middle class has taken over. They played a Huge part in the revolution and also aren't power hungry. So they also knew what it was like to be poor and knew how to treat a person. Things started to work, crops started to sell, people bargained items and etc. The Foundations of a Great Society was finally being built... not like there was the occasional problem every here and there... The National Convention had a few weeks of power before the new constitution was to go into effect, and to protect themselves and republicanism they passed a law requiring that two-thirds of those elected to the new government had to be former members of their National Convention. Conservatives rebelled against this rule and tried to take over the government by force. General Napoleon Bonaparte was put in charge of crushing the uprising. He used his artillery against the rebels, and hundreds were killed. But other than that... everything social about france Everything social about france has been fine Bibliography "Following Terror, a New Mood and Constitution for France." MacroHistory : World History. Web. 17 Feb. 2011 "Political Reform and Fall of the Bastille (1789)." MacroHistory : World History. Web. 17 Feb. "The French Revolution." Discover France - French Arts, Culture, Tourism. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. Favier, Jean. "French Revolution." Union County College Faculty Web Site. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. "The French Revolt and Empire." War Times Journal. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.