The Queen of France, Mary Antoinette ruled during a time of suffering for the French people. Antoinette on the other hand lived lavishly and took advantage of her wealth. She was a woman, Austrian and a member of the top Aristocracy so one could understand how hostility could be directed her way. The members of […]

The French Revolution was the focal point for political up-rise. The French suffered under an Absolute Monarchy and most people were denied their basic rights. Around 98 percent of the French Population were denied rights, limited land ownership and taxed heavily. These individuals known as the 3rd estate were in a bad position and resented […]

Law of the Maximum

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Under the Committee of Public Safety, many new ideas came to be, such as the Cult of Reason, the new calendar, and the Law of the Maximum. The Law of the Maximum is, essentially, a price ceiling on consumer goods. It was put in effect to show that the government was concerned about the people […]

The French Revolution and Romanticism

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There is little or no freedom of speech or expression in places that are ruled by oppressive tyrannical regimes. Such was the situation of France under the Monarchist dictatorship of the Catholic king called Louis XVI. The society was confined within the perimeters defined by the government with unfair laws and unequal distribution of resources. […]

Slavery and the Haitian Revolution

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Since the revolutionaries explicitly proclaimed liberty as their highest ideal, slavery was bound to come into question during the French Revolution.  Even before 1789 critics had attacked the slave trade and slavery in the colonies.  France had several colonies in the Caribbean in which slavery supported a plantation economy that produced sugar, coffee, and cotton. […]

Revolution in France

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–The Declaration of the Rights of Men  – The Declaration of the Rights of Man, was ratified in the summer of 1789, by the National Constituent Assembly (Assemblée nationale constituante).  This was the first step toward having a constitution in France.  The Declaration outlines the principles of “Popular Sovereignty”, and social equality among citizens.  This […]

Maximilien Robespierre

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Violence, mass executions, mob rule, and injustice: the French Revolution was one of the most convulsive time periods in the history of the world. Radicals seized control of the government, and thousands of innocent people lost their lives, all in the name of democracy. The man at the head of the infamous “Reign of Terror” […]

Declaration of the Rights of Women

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Here is a primary source document, Olympe de Gouges’ “Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizen.” It is a response to the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.” “Woman, wake up!” Thus did Olympe de Gouges (d. 1793), a self-educated playwright, address French women in 1791. Aware that women were being denied […]

The French Revolution and Romanticism

December 4, 2013 | Comments Off on The French Revolution and Romanticism

There is little or no freedom of speech or expression in places that are ruled by oppressive tyrannical regimes. Such was the situation of France under the Monarchist dictatorship of the Catholic king called Louis XVI. The society was confined within the perimeters defined by the government with unfair laws and unequal distribution of resources. […]

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