Napoleon And The French Revolution

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Haley Gilmore
HI 102 B
20 April 2015

Napoleon and the French Revolution From 1789 to 1799, France saw its bloodiest and most violent time in its history. The people of France were fed up with the living conditions of their society and the requirements that their government continued to pile onto them. An unsatisfied society, more often than not, will lead a revolt of some kind, at some point. This period in history saw rise to power the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte, with his many trials and tribulations. Napoleon Bonaparte and his controlling and overpowering tactics both advanced the ideals of the French Revolution. Many events occurred in this time that forever altered the very fabric of French existence. In May of 1789,
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They made a tennis court on the grounds their meeting place. On the grounds, they pledged what is today called, ironically, the Tennis Court oath, a promise to one another and the people of France that they would not leave until they had written a new constitution. This new constitution was instituted in 1795 and caused nothing but problems. The government was overrun with corruption and deceit, something that Napoleon Bonaparte saw and wanted to change when he threw the people in charge out of power. The new society that he created was, “based on the belief in the common identity of French citizens whatever their social or geographic origin.”(McPhee, 64) This went along very well with the changing ideals of the time. The overthrow set into motion a series of changes in this time period that forever changed the dynamic of French society. France was a difficult place to live if you were member of the lower class in this century. It is a lot easier to focus on the political and ideological events that were occurring. The people of France at this time were being severely over taxed, and were well aware of the unfairness of this. On top of this excessive taxation, the French public was saddled with dealing with low wages and high food prices. All of these factors and more were recipe for discontent. Peasants around the country began rioting. Paris saw some of the worst of this, with the violence felt all around the city. The Parisian
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