When Did The French Revolution Take Place?


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Mehreen Misbah Profile
Mehreen Misbah answered
The exact date that marks the outset of the French Revolution is July 14th, 1789. It commenced with the storming of the Bastille prison, that was in Paris. The incident was characterized as a symbol of oppression and bigotry. Nevertheless it did not come out as a surprise to King Louis XVI, who was already given enough indication that a war would soon take place, given the crass and horrible condition of the society. This was done during a meeting of the French parliament which the King had arranged himself in the desperate need of solving his financial problems. During the meeting, the King was received with a bolt of shock when the third estate, who was a representative of the common people refuted and defied the noblemen and clergy and instead declared themselves as the National Assembly. An oath was taken by the National Assembly to defend the rights of peasants and the middle class on a whole and restore the elements of liberty, equality and brotherhood. They pledged to give France a constitution, which would espouse their stance and rid the country of the feudal aristocratic government. The very promise beheld the inception of its fulfilment on July 14th 1789, strongly inspired by the recent American Revolution in passion and ideology – an event in history that marked the great series of changes in the French society.
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Thanks a mill you just saved me on studying the french revolution that jerk teacher from ireland did that test 3 times.
Emma Newman Profile
Emma Newman answered
In essence, the French Revolution began before the storming of the Bastille, although this event does tend to signify the start historically. The representatives of the Third Estate, while a part of the Estates General in Versailles, decided to form the National Assembly and write up the constitution which would govern the people and put an end to the oppression they had suffered for so long under the monarchy. The constitution included decisions such as: to let the citizens of France have freedom of press and privacy, to reform the monarchy under a constitutional monarchy, to punish all traitors of the country with beheading by guillotine, and to form a National Guard, with only active citizens (tax-paying citizens) being allowed to join. The National Assembly was formed before the storming of the Bastille, and the writing of the constitution was finished much after the event. The Bastille storming can be seen as a patriotic climax of a few hundred Parisian citizens, rather than the beginning of the Revolution.
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konstantinos Athansiadis
Most of us know that red in the French flag, "the Tricolore" was introduced on their flag during the French Revolution. Prior to 1789, the French Revolution, the French flag was pure white to represent the Borbons (The kings). I believe red symbolizes liberty, but why and if so, how did it come to be so? Where and why did red appear first. Is it true that it appeared on a flag in 1832 when, according to some, Marquis de Lafayette was going to proclaim the republic? When did the colour red appear in history (as a colour for a flag), in what precise moment and which were the facts ?

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