Compare And Contrast French Revolution And American Revolutions

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Behnam Nemati Professor Nappo English 101 13 March 2012 The age of revolutions In 18th century, enlightenment philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Montesquieu, began to revolutionize the way of thinking in European world. The enlightenment was a movement in 18th century that questioned authority, religion and social hierarchy; enlightenment advocated reason, liberty and equality, and controlling one’s own destiny. The American and French revolutions were motivated by Enlightenment ideas; however, they were remarkably different in terms of subjective causes, types of leaders, progression, and outcomes. Seven year’s war was undoubtedly the matrix of the French and American Revolution; a war that was started by George Washington, killing French military officer, in New France territory. It soon became a global war, and after seven years, the British defeated the French. The French lost their colonies in North America. Both countries incurred…show more content…
In 1776 French government paid half its annual budget for interest of their debt. The French government was nearly bankrupt. First and second estates comprised ten percent of the population and were incredibly well-to-do, but the French government had no authority to tax them. French government raised taxes ruinously on the third estate, which were mostly poor peasant. Main causes of French revolution were poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Bad weather caused poor harvest for several years, and the French government did not help people. Immediately before the French revolution bread riots broke out. The reasons for differences of American and French revolutions were the leaders. In America, most of the leaders were, wealthy bourgeoisie, who owned vast manors and incredible wealth, so they were concerned about their wealth and their place in the society, they had much to
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