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The French revolution of 1789 had far reaching consequences on the life of 18th century Europe, and is responsible, in part, for the creation of the modern world. It was responsible for the overthrow of monarchy by the common folk, and distribution of power into the hands of the citizens, after being concentrated in the clutches of select few for a very long time.
Here are some interesting facts about the French Revolution:
FACTS ABOUT THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
1. Prices sky-high
Just before the French revolution, discontent among the people was at an all-time high. A loaf of bread cost the equivalent of a week’s back-breaking work.
2. Tax payment imbalance
There was a huge imbalance in tax payment. The rich section including the King were exempt from paying taxes, which were entirely borne by the poor.
3. Dismal fate
Just before the French revolution, a person was only rich if he or she was born with a silver spoon. The chances of someone born in poverty become rich in life was unheard of. The rich continued to be rich and the poor continued being poor.
4. Storming of the Bastille
During the storming of the Bastille on 14th July, 1789, only seven prisoners were found inside.
5. A tale of two cities
Charles Dickens’s famous novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ was written in the backdrop of the French Revolution.
6. End of slavery
The French revolution resulted in more than 10,000 African slaves being freed.
7. The Reign of terror
Nearly 50,000 people were executed by the guillotine during the French revolution, and the ensuing ‘Reign of Terror’.
One of the main architects of the revolution, Robespierre, who ordered the execution of around 40,000 people, was himself executed by the guillotine in 1794.
9. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napolean seized power in France after Robespierre was executed.
10. Matters of legality
In pre-French revolution France, it was illegal to be a Jew or a Protestant.
11. The American connection
One of the triggers of the French revolution was the American war of independence (1775 – 1783).
12. No help coming
During the French revolution, the Republican Party wanted to send American troops to aid the French monarchy, but George Washington did not agree.
The source of socialism
The French revolution is considered to be the source of socialism.
14. The Brabant revolution
It was influenced by the French revolution, and occurred at the same time in the erstwhile Austrian Netherlands.
15. Free from feudalism
The French revolution formally signalled the fall of feudalism.
16. Rise of nationalism
The seeds of modern day nationalism were sown by the French revolution.
The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was not done to free prisoners, but to search for gunpowder.
During the French revolution, there was a major catastrophic event of de-Christianisation in France.
19. Louisiana was sold to the USA
As a result of impending economic hardship during and following the French revolution, Louisiana was sold to the USA for 60 million francs ($15 million).
20. A saga of treachery
The execution of incumbent French King Louis XVI was supported by his own cousin.
So, these are some of the most interesting facts about the French Revolution.
The French Revolution continues to be an event of great importance in the annals of history, and many of its ideals still live on in the contemporary world.
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