intro TOTC - Charles Dickens Courtesy of Mrs Z Historical...

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Charles Dickens Courtesy of Mrs. Z
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Historical Perspective This novel was not written in the time in  which it is set. Setting = French Revolution (1757- 1793) Published in 1859
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The Setting French Revolution food grew scarce  prices soared government faced bankruptcy economic burden fell on the peasants  and the middle class aristocrats continued to enjoy their  lavish lifestyle.
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Major events of the French Revolution 1789: Mobs storm the Bastille; government adopts  Declaration of the Rights of Man. 1791: New constitution reduces the King’s authority  and abolishes noble titles. 1792: Monarchy is overthrown. 1793: King Louis XVI and wife, Marie Antoinette, are  executed. 1793: Reign of Terror begins under Maximilien  Robespierre and the new revolutionary government. 1794: Reign of Terror ends. Robespierre is guillotined  without trial.
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Back in England during the French Revolution: England looked on with concern for two  main reasons: People voiced concern over matters of  class injustice and inequality. People voiced a general fear of popular  uprisings.
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Events in history at the time the novel was written (1859) Events of the French Revolution remained familiar to  the Victorian English through historical writings, 
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