The war between Britain and France ended with the victorious British deeply in debt and demanding more revenue from the colonies. The Sugar Act, Currency Act, Stamp Act, and Quartering Act were all designed to make the colonies(which were in fact deeply indebted to England)carry some of the load for and provide support to their mother country. Unfortunately these legitimate acts were made illegitimate by the fact that they were demanded without representation. A popular phrase before the revolution was in fact, “No taxation without representation.” When the colonies applied for representation in Parliament they were ultimately brushed aside.The colonial leaders called continuosly for a boycott of English goods and the British sent troops in the city.These troops shot and killed five men in the Boston Massacre.The colonies responded with the Boston Tea Party and the fight went on until the win of the U.S. The enlightment ideas also helped American people in their revolution with thinkers such as John Locke and
The French Kings after Louis XIII enjoyed such power until the last half of the 18th century under Louis XVI reign. Although being all powerful in government and having one person making all the rules in the country did have its obvious draw backs at the time. In an absolutist monarchy one of the biggest factors that would ultimately lead to the monarchies reduction in power and eventually the end of the monarchy all together was the economic pressure that this style of government places on society. Louis XIII and Louis XIV failed to get an independent source of revenue to be able to fund the lavish life stlyes that the royal family and the high nobles became accustomed to. Even with the many flaws at this point in European history absolute monarchies were in most of the key countries in Western
How far do the sources support the interpretation that finance was the main problem of the French monarchy by 1789 There are a number of interpretations by the sources when considering the main problem of the French monarchy. One interpretation of this is the politicisation of the 3rd estate which is supported by sources (A,D and E). In addition to this, the King’s inability to rule (sources B and D) is another interpretation of the problems of the French Monarchy, as they show Louis weakness and his poor decision making. However, the noble privileges supported by (A, C and E) was a large problem in the French monarchy as they were extremely selfish with their privileges. On the other hand, none of these factors compare to the financial situation in which France, was terrible and is show in (sources B, C, D and E) , making this the most supported interpretation that finance was the main problem of the French monarchy in 1789.
During Napoleon's time, he was a considered an Enlightened leader who led the French towards progression, prior to failing later in his career. Napoleon, was not the epitome of the ultimate dictator nor necessarily the greatest Enlightenment advocate for his people, but he did pursue both concepts that brought France to glory. POLITICAL/MILITARY: Napoleon Bonaparte continued being promoted until he seized the opportunity to control France. Bonaparte, used the French Revolution and French nationalism to unite the country. He did this by supporting the French Revolution and raised French nationalism with his bold moves to ruin Britain, France's greatest enemy.
French Revolution In 1789 the common people rose up against the unfair economic situation put upon them by the French Aristocracy. The monarchy spent such great amounts of money it put the country plunging into a large amount of debt. King Louis XVI and his predecessors left the country in poor conditions such as droughts, disease with cattle and massive price increases in goods. The monarchy sought to recover the debt by taxing the common people till they eventually reached the point of starvation and poverty while the King continued to spend money at his own dispense. At the time the United States was hoping to use their alliance with France to gain an advantage over the British, but did not want to lose their much needed trade with the British.
For centuries, historians have described the French Revolution, filled with aggression, terror and human injustice, as a radical revolution. The oppression and disparity of France’s social classes caused the French Revolution to turn violent and remain mired in a monarchy ruled by despots. In contrast, the American Revolution fostered the transformation of thirteen independent colonies and their different socio-economic classes into a single unified nation. As the different people of the thirteen colonies rallied around a common goal of liberty and freedom from tyranny, the American Revolution became more and more radical. The American Revolution was more radical and had much more significance than the French Revolution because the American Revolution was a catalyst for real, historic and permanent change.
Colonies were pushed further and further toward revolution by growing anger and violence, exemplified by the exaggerated events of the Boston Massacre, a riot of Bostonians turned ugly viewed as a massacre of innocent colonists (Brinkley Alan pg 113). At a glance, the Revolutionary War may seem incredibly economic. But proving such a point is difficult, as most of the imposed taxes were either repealed or inexpensive. In actuality, colonists taxed themselves heavier as an independent country than they had been as a colony of the British crown (Baack, Ben). The American Revolution was the evolution of an independent nature, as colonists fought for the preservation of rights they believed essential to human nature.
The colonists couldn’t afford to pay many of the taxes imposed by Britain, and thought that they were unfair and unreasonable. For example, The Stamp Act taxed pretty much everything, like newspapers, bonds, leases, deeds, college diplomas, and even playing cards. Because of the colonists extremely opposition against this act, the British finally repealed it in 1766, but it didn’t take them long enough to replaced with the Declaratory Act. It stated that Britain had full authority to impose whatever taxation they wanted to. Another act that directly affected the colonist was the Quartering Act of 1765, requiring all colonists to provide provisions and housing, which could be the use of inns and empty buildings by the British troops under any circumstances.
This just shows the intensity of the Palace of Versailles because it was so elegant while being so incredibly large. Louis was not smart on making the decisions to create war or build the Palace of Versailles. In all, King Louis XIV made an impact on France by taking away rights from the French, keeping all the power for him, and killing the economy. Louis’ impact was indeed a bad impact that made France want to rid of him for the seventy-three years he served
Many factors influenced the American rebellion that we all known as the American Revolution. Though political influences existed, the American Revolution was primarily an economic rebellion, because of conflict over taxation and representation in Parliament. The colonists had strong beliefs that the British did not seem to care about. The English government was unfair and often tyrannical also. The conflicts over trade, taxes, and government representation brought about the revolution that began shaping the United States as it is today.