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The Destruction of the Old Regime

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Jesus Rodriguez

on 19 November 2012

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The Destruction of the Old Regime by Jesus Rodriguez Declaration of the rights of Man The King Concedes A New Constitution and New Fears War with Austria Church Reforms Rise of the Paris Commune On August 26, 1789 the National Assembly adopted the declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Which basically said the rights of man are held to be universal: valid at all times and in every place, pertaining to human nature itself. The Catholic Church was considered the pillar of the social classes and political system. The church was formally brought under the control of the state but it was awkward because so many of its members became permanent enemies of the revolution. On 1791, the constitution set up a limited monarchy but France's rocky relations with the rest of the Europe led to the downfall of the king. Austria and Prussia threatened to use the force to restore Louis XVI full power but the legislative Assembly decided to act first and declared war on Austria in 1792. The French Revolution was entering into a radical and violent stage and many members of Paris Commune called themselves sans-culottes ("without culottes") because they were without good clothes. The sans-culottes were poor workers, lower class, but made up the bulk of the revolutionary army. Many were merchant or artisans in their neighborhoods. On August 4, 1789 the National Assembly decides to abolish all legal privileges of the nobles and clergy. It relates to the American Declaration of independence and constitution where it states the natural rights of man are to "liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression." The Third Estate wanted to destroy the monarchy, and wanted Louis XVI as their king. The only thing he did was to try to free the country but he was captured.
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