The French Revolution And The Revolution

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When people think of the French Revolution, they immediately think of the country of France and how the Revolution affected it. What most people do not think about however, is how the Revolution affected other countries, specifically the country of England. England was affected positively and negatively by the Revolution in that there was an increase of political involvement, but there was a collapse in the economy due to war declared by France. The French Revolution created a battle of conflicting ideologies in England that did not only last the entirety of the Revolution, but caused the formation political divisions that would last for many years (Mather). The majority of people of England seemed to be quite supportive of the Revolution at first. When news of the Storming of the Bastille reached them, they were hoping that it would be a new start for France, and a chance for a more friendly relationship between the two countries (Tombs 383). The first major response was given by a Preacher named Richard Price, when he gave his keynote address, A Discourse on the Love of our Country, to the Society for the Commemoration of the Revolution of Great Britain at the Old Jewry, a meeting house, in London November 4, 1789. He thought positively about the ordeal in France, comparing the revolution to a light that would illuminate Europe and a warning against oppressive governments, as well as an encouragement to those who strived for liberty (HistoryGuide). A few intellectuals
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