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Say you want a revolution?

This Prezi covers information on the French and American revolutions, and compares and contrasts aspects of the two in accordance with the protests and outbreaks currently occurring in Lybia.

Katherine Balka

on 9 March 2011

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Transcript of Say you want a revolution?

Led by younger
generation Say you want a revolution? The American Revolution What events led to the American Revolution?
Great Britain established colonies in the "New World."

Britain demanded that American colonists obeyed its laws, but didn't take an active role in the colonies' well-being.

Eventually, Great Britain was caught up in the French and Indian War.
Finally, the colonists decided to boycott British goods.

King George III declares that the colonies are rebellious,
and war ensues. About the American Revolution Britain declares war against the colonists
and sends troops to regain control of the terretories. The colonies managed to unify against Great Britain.
American forces had been underestimated and were, in most cases, able to defeat enemy troops. Eventually, colonists drove out British troops.

The colonies united under one constitution and government to establish America.

America was viewed, by foreign powers, as an independant nation by 1783. & the "Libyan Revolution" Precursors of the "Lybian Revolution"

The people revolted because:

Food prices rose.
The government was tyrannical and oppressive.
Laws were unjust. The unhappy citizenry was able to organize a series of
protests through the use of various websites. The Revolution Muammar Gadhafi commanded troops and mercenaries to assault protestors using any number of weapons, ranging from guns to even bombs. Society came to a standstill because people feared being shot down in the streets. Many attempted to flee Libya. Gadhafi claims that his people actually love him, and that rumors of internal conflict/violence are simply that: rumors. The French Revolution Precursors of the French Revolution France was in debt as a result of the 7 Years' War and the American Revolution.

Taxes were raised.
Food prices also rose. King Louis XVI wasted the country's money and made exceptions for the nobility. Eventually, the people revolted. The Revolution
Angered by the King's disapproval of a constitution and an end to absolute monarchy, a group of radicals stormed the Bastille. The "Jacobins", led by Robespierre, gained control of the National Assembly.

The Reign of Terror began.

Nearly 40 thousand people were guillotined. Tens of thousands more were either exiled or put in prison. Rebel forces captured several cities, including the country's second-largest, Benghazi. America Did not come naturally Was not led by novices Relatively peaceful in comparison to
other revolutions Not led by
young people France Used new
technology: In America,
newspapers were used. in
Libya, people organized
protests using websites like
Facebook and Twitter. Came naturally Rather violent Similar demands: Libya A guillotine Wanted to end Absolute Monarchy The protesters storming the Bastille in the French revolution is like the Libyans storming the police station Blade The guillotine lunette
(for head) There were only 3 estates; the clergy(church), the nobles, and everyone else. Maximilian Robespierre Freedom/Independence A constitution Precursors of the "Libyan Revolution"

Factors that contributed to civil unrest in Libya are:

Rising food prices & taxes.

Contempt for their oppressive dictator, Gadhafi, who is negligent and unwilling to give power to his people. Moammar Gadhafi Art Music Most revolutionary music
has the same beat and similar
lyrics. Revolutionary music is used to stir the emotions of the protestors and instill courage in the people who hear it and chant along. It's like a call to arms. Revolutionary art consists of mainly paintings- common subject matter includes battle scenes, emotional people, and often leaders/heroes of the revolution. The old Libyan flag. The flag under Gadhafi. Revolutionary art is significant because it creates a very real representation of exactly what is going on and conveys a lot of emotion. Examples of revolutionary art, both depicting battles. Louis XVI
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