The French Revolution Vs. Bourgeois Revolution

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The French Revolution, or Bourgeois Revolution, is one of the most popular topics in history today. When the Chinese premier, Zhou Enlai, was asked his opinion of the French Revolution in 1972, he replied: “too early to say” (Inside China 's Ruling Party). He is, for the most part, still correct. Many of the complex theories and ideas that were propelled into society from this revolution such as the role of the government in a modern system, idealism and pragmatism, and the role of the bourgeois, are still convoluted and ambiguous ideas to modern thinkers. During the eighteenth century, France was overstrained and unable to balance its longstanding political instability, insurmountable economic debt and disorganization, crop shortage, little ice age, the decrease in food prices, the uncompromising nobility, aristocratic revolution, the new conquering Enlightenment ideologies especially Rousseau, and the surplus of the unsatisfied bourgeois under a weak and indecisive King. In the year 1789, the old ‘ancien regime’ snapped. The French Revolution began and continued for the next twenty-six years. Needless to say, the ideas created and perpetuated during the revolution were highly influential to not only the French citizen’s themselves, but to the world outside France, and, therefore, were sustained and advanced even after the revolution. During the different phases of the revolution, the ideas of the Enlightenment philosophes, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and growing
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