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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: History
  • Essay length: 1277 words

Causes of the French Revolution

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Introduction

´╗┐Ahmed El Wakeel 2/10/2012 Reflection 2 Causes of French Revolution There have been many notorious and significant events that have taken place through the history of mankind; some which are wars, assassinations, peace treaties and revolutions. Revolutions are what are going to be analyzed and discussed thoroughly in this following piece. Revolutions, without doubt, always have an effect on history, in a way or the other, they always do. Revolutions have and will always be one of the most noteworthy and momentous events of all time. Out of all the revolutions that have taken place in the world the French Revolution was one of the most notable ones. The French Revolution was a phenomenon of epic proportions that shaped the history of Europe, the great Europe that exists to this day. However, we are not going to talk about the French Revolution in general, but rather focus on the causes of the revolution, and how they shape history. These causes are the ideological beliefs and economic needs. Firstly, ideological beliefs have been always a part of any change and rebellion, for the change and modification of what the revolutionaries believe in is what always ignites the fire.

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History justifies this. Jumping right into the action, we can see that, on several occasions revolutions in ideological beliefs were the primary cause for the actual revolution itself, such that in the French Revolution of course. The writings and influences of Third Estate leaders and intellectuals such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Montesquieu were the primary causes for the mental revolutions in the minds of the French public. The ideas regarding political liberalism that were being swiftly spread through the nation completely altered how the French public mentally functioned, and started making them believe that something is, from top to bottom, in disarray and that they had to make a change. That is how ideological beliefs shape history, they create sparks that react with all the fuel that is the built up dissatisfaction causing an explosion and a manifestation of movements, ideas, protests, leading into a revolution that will forever change the world. Again this theory is justified by the Arab Spring; one man had killed himself which made people change their views on how stuff was going down.

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Economic needs reshape economic history, obviously; and the more different the needs get, the more the system needs to adapt to these needs to avoid downfall, which is the evolving of capitalism in the era of Keynesian Economics and the Reagan-Thatcher Era of financial glory, but we wouldn't want to start on that, do we? Disregarding all the mumbo-jumbo regarding capitalism and fiscal policy, several statements can be made in regard to the previous piece. Firstly, it is essential that it would be concluded that both economic needs and ideological beliefs are necessary for igniting revolutions and for reforming the history of mankind. This does not particularly mean that either is useless without the other, but rather means that both are ten times more powerful and significant when they join forces. Ideological beliefs are the sparks that come and go, that are the second step to change and to a revolution, while the first step is having the fuel of economic dissatisfaction build up, so the spark can set it on fire. Moreover, logically, we can come state that the more the fuel or dissatisfaction the greater the explosion and manifestation of history altering events will be.

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