French Revolution Essay - Professor Roeckell History 325H...

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Professor RoeckellHistory 325H20 February 2008The French RevolutionThe French Revolution was a time of political and social disorder that affected France for more than ten years. One of the main reasons for this conflict was the countless abuses of the Old Regime against the Third Estate. As a result of these abuses and the influence of John Locke’s ideals, the National Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens. However, within a few years the Revolution was threatened by internal rivals that went against its principles. Consequently, the Guillotine was invented by Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. Finally, near the end of the Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte takes over power in France continuing the Revolution but at times betraying it as well.The abuses of the aristocrats and clergy towards the Third Estate wereessential in triggering the start of the French Revolution. During the Estates General, a meeting of the three Estates, the Cashier of the Third Estate presented the grievances of the French middle class and peasants. Some of these grievances included, lack of

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