French Revolution and Napoleonic Era Worksheet

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French Revolution and Napoleonic Era There are typically many motivating factors when it comes to a revolution; however those that are most generally motivating themes are liberty, equality, brotherhood, hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, democracy, and technology. The people in France in the 1700’s were separated into three classes: nobility, clergy, and the commoners. Each of the classes was under the rule of the King and required to show him loyalty. Throughout history the kings proved to be authoritarian and only beneficial for an elect few. Each king increased taxes placing a heavy burden on the people, most specifically the commoners. The people felt as if the king did not understand the life they were forced to live and that their oppression was due to his rule. As social unrest grew the people gradually realized that they had the ability and the right to be liberated from heavy taxes and dictation of the king, thus fueling the beginning of the French Revolution. Liberty directly affected the French Revolution because the people of France, most specifically the commoners wanted to have rights or agency to control their own actions and decisions. At this time in history the King had absolute control and exercised a heavy tax on the lower class and expected a great deal of work with no ability to have a voice. It is because of these actions by the king and society that the people demanded liberty, creating riots, storming’s, and battles in an effort to change their lifestyle. There are many influences for the desire for equality found in the French Revolution. Originally it is seen at the beginning as the people were separated into classes with very different expectations and responsibilities. Those with a nobility and clergy titles had fewer taxes and lighter burdens; whereas those placed in the commoner class were the workers, providers and
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