Revolution: the Cost of France's Liberty

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Indifferent rulers and overindulgent spending left France in severe debt. Civilians were starved of both food and hope, yet nobles enjoyed a pleasant lifestyle within the comfort of Versailles. Revolted by this injustice, the common people of France rebelled and fought for equality, giving birth to the French Revolution of 1789. This period is often characterized as needlessly violent, as gruesome events such as the Reign of Terror took place, in addition to many executions and riots. Despite the excessive bloodshed that dominated the era, the French Revolution’s violence was not in vain, for the legacy of the revolution has ignited scores of independence movements in its wake and inspired new ideologies that continue to shape the modern…show more content…
The constant bloodshed brought attention to the struggles of the poor, forcing French officials to reform their government using concepts that have inspired future nations. In addition to influencing the ideologies of many countries, the radical ideals of the French revolutionaries motivated the lower classes of other countries to take their own initiatives, seeking independence from their oppressive rulers. While the French rebels failed to find guns in the Bastille, its destruction served as a symbolic victory for the people. To the French, the ruins of the Bastille represented not only the people’s first victory, but also the promise that the lower class would be able to triumph over their tyrannical superiors. A painting titled "The Demolition of the Bastille" accurately depicts the event as such, as one can see that even ordinary people contributed towards the cause of the revolution (Doc. 2). Events like the destruction of the Bastille ignited a will to revolt throughout the world, specifically within Latin America and areas France occupied. According to an essay titled "Revolutionary Legacies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries", this chain of revolutions began in Mexico in 1810 and soon sparked into Central and South America in 1820 (Doc. 9). While the French Revolution did not wholly inspire them, the new revolutions emulated the radically liberal ideas of it. The Revolution of 1789 presented the world with an example of a successful
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