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A Comparison of the French and Egyptian Revolutions
Transcript of A Comparison of the French and Egyptian Revolutions
2 "Mubarak to Be Questioned in Corruption Probe." CNN.com . International. Cable News Network, 6 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 . Mar. 2011. <http://insidethemiddleeast.blogs.cnn.com/2011 . /03/06/mubarak-to-be-questioned-in-corruption-probe/?iref . =storysearch>.
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4 "Stephen Bailey Illustrations." Stephen Bailey Illustrations. . Web. 22 Mar. 2011. <http://sbaileyillustration.com/ . Portfolios/food & product/>. In France, during the late 1700's, high taxes on the lower class, which was 97% of the population, led to a large gap in incomes. Coupled the high food prices, many french families could not afford the basic necessities, and some were driven to starvation. This is similar to the causes of the revolution in modern day Egypt. Many of the Egyptian civillians were in a state of dissent due the nation's high food prices, high unemployment rate, and low wages. 1 During the French Revolution, there were many civil reforms in the government. The major reforms were the removal of the King and Queen from power, and the creation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man, guaranteeing the freedom of speech. This is similar modern day Egypt, where revolutionaries worked to remove President Mubarak from his 30 year reign and institute free elections. 1 The French revolution grew slowly due to the limited communication, and did not spread due to the precautions taken by other European countries to avoid uprisings. Other European countries saw the violence of the French Revolution and quickly repressed any other revolutionary movements. Egypt's revolution has had far less violence than the French revolution, and most of it has been committed by those supporting Mubarak's regime. 1 Egypt's revolution has also been much more successful at influencing other countries. Since the Egyptian revolution began, the revolutionary ideas have spread to 22 other countries and territories. 1 This is mainly due to the faster communication through the use of new tools such as e-mail, and social networking websites. 1 3 Overview of the Revolutions In the late 1700's the French people revolted against their established monarchy. This was because of their dissatisfaction with the balance of power within their government, the country's distribution of wealth, and the lavish lifestile of the aristocracy during a time of extreme hardship for the majority. The revolution in Egypt has occured in modern days, due to the people's dissatisfaction with President Mubarak's rule, and the widespread level of poverty within the nation. The revolution spread quickly through the use of social networking sites and the internet.