“Man will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” -Denis Diderot 1713-1784
The French Revolution and subsequent governments occurred from 1789 to roughly 1815. France was a hotbed for political discussions during the Age of Enlightenment, yet 97% of French society had zero representation and 100% of the tax burden.
With many in the 3rd estate (the lowest grouping of French society) hungry and broke, many French people were tired of the Absolute, unchallenged policies of the Bourbon monarchs. When King Louis XVI called together the Estates General, he had no idea that he was about to kick off a political firestorm. In a few short years, France would be turned upside down. Louis XVI, his wife--Marie Antoinette, and thousands of French citizens would die with a cut of the blade dropped by the guillotine.
To pull France out of this chaos, along came Napoleon Bonaparte. His charismatic leadership style galvanized the weary French population and re-organized the French military and he created a sense of safety at home and he nearly conquered the entire European continent. Napoleon would bit off a little more than he could chew and was ousted, only to be replaced by... another monarch.
Even though France ended up back with another king, France was modernized and the French population became more solidified and the National Constituent Assembly became a major representative force going forward.
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