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When France Sneezes Europe Catches A Cold

Metternich was an Austrian alive during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era. He would have been around to witness the revolution in France and its wide-reaching consequences, like involving...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2014 12:00 am UTC

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What were the long term outcomes/effects of the French Revolution?

The French Revolution had several long term outcomes: It led to the fast development of republics and democracies around the world. The French Revolution occurred due to the oppressive nature of...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2015 2:13 pm UTC

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Were children guillotined during the French Revolution?

It is unclear for certain if and how many children were subjected to the guillotine during the French Revolution, but some sources imply that they did in fact guillotine children. In many cases,...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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What was the cause of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution? 

The Reign of Terror was a period of violence during the French Revolution emanating from conflicts between the Girondins and the Jacobins. During this period people perceived to be against the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 9:24 am UTC

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How did the French Revolution lead to democracy?

The French Revolution of 1789-1799 followed on the American Revolution and was inspired by similar ideals, albeit in different circumstances. A key element in the Revolution was revulsion against...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 2:09 am UTC

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How can the cartoon in the link below be used to describe the causes of the French Revolution?...

The French Revolution was principally caused by the growth in dissatisfaction among the poor and middle class of French society towards the nobility and the clergy, comprising, respectively, the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017 2:27 am UTC

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What were the achievements of the National Assembly?  

Despite its short existence—just over two years—the National Assembly racked up an impressive list of achievements. The most important of these was arguably the abolition of feudalism, serfdom,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 1:40 pm UTC

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What advantages did the clergy and nobility have before the French Revolution?

Actually, the First and Second Estates paid no taxes whatsoever. This meant that one hundred per cent of the tax burden fell on the Third Estate. To make matters worse, as a means of raising money...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2012 8:51 am UTC

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What event marked the beginning of the French Revolution ? Add this point to the time line  

The storming of the Bastille on 14th July, 1789, is usually taken to be the day on which the French Revolution began. The significance of the event, however, is more symbolic than anything...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 10:29 am UTC

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What were some positive and negative effects of the French Revolution?

The French Revolution is often referred to as a watershed event because it had a profound effect on France, as well as other European countries. Because of the financial excesses of King Louis XV,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017 3:41 am UTC

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How did the French Revolution impact other countries?

The French Revolution affected other countries because there was immediately a perceived threat that the French would attempt to spread the Revolution to other countries. The movement to overthrow,...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 3:24 am UTC

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During the French Revolution, what were the major turning points from 1789 -1794?

There were a number of turbulent events of the French Revolution. Some of the key ones between 1789 to 1794 are described below. The Tennis Court Oath - June 20, 1789 - This pivotal event occurred...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 3:12 pm UTC

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What were the major achievements of the French Revolution? 

The French Revolution was a deeply transformative (as well as destabilizing) period in history, and its repercussions continued to be felt across the nineteenth century. It's also deeply difficult...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 5:46 am UTC

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Why did the third estate revolt?

To put it simply, the third estate revolted in response to an unfair economic and political system that disproportionately taxed the middle classes and peasants while benefiting the other estates....

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 5:19 am UTC

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In the French Revolution, why did the Directory fall? 

The directory was the government set up by the Constitution of the Year III as a result of the French Revolution. It was a very short-lived government, lasting only 4 years. The Directory included...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019 4:49 am UTC

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Explain the weaknesses of the Directory in the French Revolutionary period.    

The Directory ruled France from 1795-1799. There were five Directors that led France. The Directory dealt with competing forces that wanted a constitutional monarchy or a radical democracy. The...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 11:07 pm UTC

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Describe the circumstances leading to the outbreak of the French Revolution.

The circumstances that led to the outbreak of the French Revolution were intricate and complex. In analyzing these conditions, it becomes clear how seismic the French Revolution actually was. One...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2015 12:57 pm UTC

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How did the Reign of Terror cause the National Convention to be replaced by the Directory?

I think that the argument could be made that the Revolutionary Government, of which the National Convention represented, was significantly weakened by the Reign of Terror. The immediate aftermath...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012 5:27 pm UTC

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What caused the French Revolution?

The basic cause of the French Revolution was the fact that the common people of France were not given any sort of real voice in their own government. They were relatively oppressed and were very...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013 8:45 pm UTC

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Did Napoleon preserve the French Revolution or did he destroy it?

This is one of the great questions on the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era and a subject of considerable debate (and you can probably make a case for either side of it). Of course, it...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 3:13 am UTC

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Identify the decline of absolutism in the French Revolution.

The French Revolution led to the fall of absolutism in France through very extreme means. The Revolution was not something that came about unprovoked—a number of factors contributed to this event....

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018 9:41 pm UTC

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What were some positive and negative outcomes of the French Revolution?

I think the negative outcomes were mainly short-term and the positive ones long term. There is no question that the French Revolution was needed. The Ancien Régime was brutal, denying basic human...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 9:59 am UTC

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What is the significance of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" in history?

One major significance of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was that it was one of the first European governing documents to apply the concepts of the Enlightenment to the...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 10:15 am UTC

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How were Robespierre and Danton similar and different during the French Revolution?

Danton and Robespierre were around the same age, were both provincial lawyers before they started out in politics, and were both fanatical revolutionaries who believed in meting out extreme...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 6:28 am UTC

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What were the most important conflicts between various social groups in eighteenth-century France?

The major conflicts between classes in the decades leading up to the French Revolution were between the lower classes (proletariat) and the upper class (bourgeoisie), which consisted mainly of the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 10:19 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the French and Haitian revolutions: discuss the immediate and long-range causes and impacts of...

The French Revolution, which begin in 1789, and the Haitian Revolution, which first began in 1794, were products of the Enlightenment. In the eighteenth century, philosophers like John Locke began...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 4:06 pm UTC

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What are many similarities of the Glorious, French,& American revolutions?

Let's try for four. 1) All three represented a transition from a less democratic to a more democratic government. The Glorious Revolution replaced a king who had come to the throne by monarchic...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 10:54 pm UTC

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To what extent was the French monarchy both the main cause and the main victim of the French Revolution?

The Bourbon Monarchy was undoubtedly both the main cause and the main victim of the French Revolution. Enlightenment ideas encouraged the people of France to question their government and demand...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 2:16 am UTC

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How did the slogan "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" sum up the goals of the French Revolution?

A major cause of the French Revolution was the severe economic stress the country faced near the end of the eighteenth century. France was heavily in debt due to foreign wars, including its support...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2017 12:22 am UTC

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In what ways was Napoleon influenced by the Enlightenment and the French Revolution during his rule?

Although Napoleon was in practice very much a despot, he was still a product of the Enlightenment. Growing up in Corsica, Napoleon was exposed to the enlightened ideals of the Corsican nationalist...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020 6:04 pm UTC

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How true is the statement that the French Revolution was avoidable?

Looking back through the lens of history, there are several points where the revolution could have been avoided, or at the very least, delayed. The food shortages and economic decline that began in...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 4:12 pm UTC

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How did the French Revolution affect working-class people in France?

Though the French Revolution was largely the handiwork of the bourgeoisie, the working-class people of France also played their part. For the most part, their political role was outside the formal...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2020 6:25 am UTC

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Is there any justification for the Reign of Terror in France (1793-1794)? Does the end justify the means?

I would argue that the end should never justify the means. If the French Revolutionaries genuinely wanted to build a society based on liberty, equality, and fraternity, then they should have used...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018 9:27 am UTC

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Did the French Revolution contribute to or hinder the advance of democracy?

I think that this is going to be a challenging question because of the lack of consensus on the issue. The reason for this is because both answers are represented in the French Revolution. I...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 12:27 am UTC

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What caused the French Revolution?

The French Revolution was caused by a number of factors, some of which served to exacerbate others. Some of these factors, like a dying class system, were common to most of the European...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016 2:42 pm UTC

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What Enlightenment ideals were reflected in the French Revolution?

The ideals of the French Revolution were a direct outgrowth of Enlightenment philosophy. A major focus of the Enlightenment was the worth of the individual and his or her right to take a role in...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 9:27 pm UTC

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Discuss the role of print in the French Revolution.

I think that the contribution of print, or the printed word, had a huge impact on the French Revolution. The "rise of Enlightenment" ideals played a massive role in the initiation of thought that...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011 7:38 pm UTC

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Explain the effects of the French Revolution. Explain the effects of the French Revolution.

To me, the major effect of the French Revolution was that it created the idea of nationalism in Europe. This idea came to be hugely influential -- it led, for example, to the creation of the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011 9:42 am UTC

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What is a summary of the French Revolution, including the key events, causes, effects, and key players?

The French Revolution occurred in several stages, beginning in 1789 with the overthrow of the Ancien Régime and culminating in 1799 with a military coup led by Napoleon Bonaparte. There were...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2016 10:19 am UTC

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The French Revolution Why do you think the French Revolution failed in establishing the ideals of liberty and equality?

Did it fail? Could there have been a Napoleon if the revolution had never happened? Would France have a constitution without the revolution?

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009 7:18 am UTC

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Considering the four reading from Rogers: “Corruption of the French Court,” “Ancient Oaks Mutilated by Time,” “The...

These four readings gathered by Perry McAdow Rogers reveal a corrupt French society from the king all the way down. Let's look at each reading in turn, focusing on its depiction of all that had...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020 9:13 pm UTC

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Describe the most important achievements of the French Revolution.

The French Revolution produced many reforms and changes for French citizens. Obviously, the main reform that happened was the removal of the monarchy and the nobility, who were oppressive to the...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 2:11 am UTC

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What was the Tennis Court Oath?

In the early phase of the French Revolution, members of the Third Estate, the commoners who made up most of France's population, which was divided into a series of "estates" denoting one's place in...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013 12:22 am UTC

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What reactions emerged from the theory of absolutism?

The French Revolution was undoubtedly the most influential and enduring reaction to absolutism. The ideology of absolutism had been challenged for quite some time by those who believed fervently in...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2020 6:17 am UTC

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Why did a republican movement emerge in France in the years 1789-1792?

As we have seen repeatedly in history, people in nations often assign all the ills of the country to the political party or the regime in power at the time. In France, especially since the reign...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 10:40 am UTC

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When Louis and Marie Antoinette were married, what was life like for many French people?

For the vast majority of French people under the ancien regime, life was incredibly hard. And when King Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette in 1770, life was especially challenging for those without...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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To what extent can the involvement of France in the American War of Independence be said to have led to the French...

French involvement in the American War of Independence inadvertently helped to sow the seeds of revolution in France. The French had assisted the American colonists in the hope of weakening their...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 10:43 am UTC

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How does the French Revolution compare  and contrast to the Orange Revolution?

One similarity between both revolutions is in how the will of the majority of the body politic was expressed extremely loud and extremely clear. There was an undeniable will of the people heard in...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013 10:30 am UTC

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Discuss the differences in policies and events surrounding the different phases of the French Revolution (moderate,...

The first phase of the French Revolution is often characterized as politically moderate. It was primarily aimed, many historians observe, at dismantling the anachronistic privileges enjoyed by the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

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Between the summer of 1789 and the execution of Robespierre in July 1794, what were the internal and external reasons...

Late eighteenth-century France was, in retrospect, a nation ripe for revolution. In some respects, it was still feudal. Its leader, King Louis XVI, was indecisive. The French Revolution, which...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2020 11:54 pm UTC

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