The French Revolution And The Revolution Of The Bastille

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In 1789, an event would take place that would shake a nation. This event further altered the country of France’s history and drastically changed its future. This event was known as the Storming of the Bastille, the first violent instance to instigate the French Revolution and the formation of a rebel alliance to overthrow French monarchy. However the motives of the renegades is far and wide. The question must be asked; What were the major reasons for the French Revolution? Many elements of France’s infrastructure were created to suppress the qualms of the people. However, the major influences that caused the French Revolution were the new ideas of the enlightened thinkers, powerlessness of the Third Estate, and famine crises. Without these factors within French society, a governmental collapse may not have occurred. Firstly, the French Revolution came directly after the American Revolution. On the foundations of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” as Thomas Jefferson said on an adaptation of John Locke’s famous quote, America was founded with new values unlike any other country at the time. Many of these values were inspired by enlightened thinkers and philosophers from Europe, including France. In fact, it can be argued that the Declaration of Independence was just a mouthpiece of Baron de Montesquieu and John Locke’s concepts. Lord Acton, an English historian claims that “the spark that changed thought [of the French people] into action was supplied by the…
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