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FRENCH REVOLTUION

Post  HelenaD on Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:06 pm

First, the French Revolution started the 14th of July 1789 and lasted till 1799. The year it started, there was an absolute monarchy in France before the revolution was declared. The main cause was the royal court at Versailles because it was seen as being isolated from the hardships of the lower classes which was the population of France. Louis XVI ,the King, didn’t know what to do and was known to back down when he had to face with strong opposition. Those who were opposed to his policies and ideas brought the royal authority down by distributing pamphlets (often reporting false information) that criticized the government and its officials, and making up public opinion against the monarchy. In summary, the burgess were getting less money and support from the noble class, so they joined the third state of the country (the rest of the population which was poor) to fight and rebel against the monarchs to try to get freedom. The low classes would have violent rebellions in the streets of Versailles for example. They would light up torches and put fire to things in the streets, and also throw rocks.

Finally, when the King realized that they were taking over and he was going to be stopped, he tried to run away but he was arrested with his whole family in Varennes. After some time, the King Louis was judged and was then executed in public by the guillotine. Not only he was killed but also thousands of people were condemned to death by the guillotine by the Revolutionary Tribunal, because there were allies to the King.

Before he was executed in the guillotine(where they cut the head), people took control of the Bastille and burned it down (the 14th of July). The Bastille was the symbol that represented the monarchy because it was the place where Louis XVI kept his prisoners. Right then, his wife's head was cut too and his kids sent away from France. A Republic was founded since then and they created The Declaration of the Human Rights which is actually known today internationally and celebrated on August 16th.

Loui VXI was a very strong and selfish man, he said:

"I have no intention of sharing my authority"
"L'état, c'est moi." (The state, it's me)

This is a picture of Louis XVI in his salon:
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QUESTION:Do you know any other interesting facts about the French Revolution and King Louis XVI?



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Re: FRENCH REVOLUTION

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:57 pm

Here are some interesting facts that I found about:
a) The French Revolution:
- One cause of the French Revolution was bankruptcy because of all the money they used on previous wars.
- They had a debt of over 1,000 million livres. ( Livres was a currency used in France in the Middle Ages)
- Peasants had to pay taxes to their noble, the King, and the church.
- Thomas Jefferson was the U.S Minister to France during the French Revolution.
- Every year on July 14th, the French celebrate "le jour de la prise de la Bastilla", the storming of the prison in Paris. They have a large parade, which the President of the Republic attends, and then it is followed by some concerts, dancing, music, and parties all throughout the city.

b) King Louis XVI:
- His hobby was lock making.
- He got married to Marie Antoinette when he was 15.
- Him and his wife were second cousins.
- Supposedly, he was considered to be a shy man. However, his wife was considered to be the complete opposite.
- He was sentenced to death by a vote of 361 to 288.
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Re: FRENCH REVOLTUION

Post  MariaelenaFarina on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:51 pm

Here is a good timeline of the French Revolution! Smile

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Re: FRENCH REVOLTUION

Post  Brock M. Hay on Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:57 pm


Most likely I am going to look at this blog post again for our independent study projects. What I know about the French Revolution is the Guillotine, the corrupted monarch actually killed thousands of people who stood against him using this guillotine (pull lever, blade falls to neck, no more head, you get the idea), so it is ironic that he himself was executed by his signature weapon. Now the Guillotine is a Jiujitsu hold because it looks like you are actually getting the real guillotine, and it feels like it too!
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RE: French Revolution

Post  KaylaNicole on Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:45 pm

The French Revolution took place from 1789-1799.

2. For centuries, the quality of life in Europe had been determined by the status that a person or family held. This status could not be earned, but was determined by the family to which someone was born. If you were born to a poor family, your life would be one of poverty. No matter how hard an individual worked, it was impossible to rise above this fate.

3. 97% of Europe’s people struggled to survive while the remaining 3% lived a life of wealth and comfort.
4. This gap between the wealthy and the poor created resentment. Those at the bottom saw the wealthy grow increasingly richer, while the poor got nothing while working the hardest.

5. In 1776. a group of people at the bottom of society rebelled against those who were at the top, and they won. The British Colonies in America declared their independence and then enforced it by beating back the most powerful military on Earth. This gave the French people a great deal of inspiration.

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