The July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille - the French fortress where political prisoners were held during the reign of King Louis XVI - was the flashpoint of the French Revolution and one of the most glorious moments in all of human history. It's a day that's not remembered as it should be - the French citizens following in our footsteps, and abolishing their monarchy forever.
Yea but they always ended up in another kind of monarchy. While the French did go through the Napoleonic era, which was both good and bad for them, it shook every monarchy in Europe to the core, and between our success and the French philosophies about equality and egalitarianism, it really was the death knell for old Europe.
however true this is, it was the people who chose to have the monarchy and chose to be lorded over. Even in the US, tell me that the presidency is as it was once conceived, and not a new form of Kingship PUT IN PLACE by the people in order that we can be Lorded over.
not to say that the revolution in france didn't usher in a new age, but the influences in the British non-hanoveran movement did more to help overturn the French government than the excesses in thier monarchy ever did. with the influences in existentialism coming out of the aftermath of the Inquisition, there would have never been a french revolution. the ideals of equality and egalitarianism for the proleteriate came out of that new way of thinking. And....that existentialism thought came from Spain and into France, culminating in the revolution.
Didn't it descend into Jacobian tyrrany tho? Been a while since I've done any reading on it whatsoever, but I thought I remembered it being likened to a terrorist/early totalitarian state not too long after the revolution
And let's not forget that the remnants of "liberte, egalite, fraternite" has also lead France to an almost irrational level of nationalism, which contradictory to any democractic ideals, has expungded immigrants that have entered their country illegally (despite France's rampant imperialism into their countries in the past) and banned any outward displays of individual religious belief...
The French Revolution is fascinating though! And Paris does have lovely monuments.
No doubt. They are very contradictory, in the same way that we were/are - for all the grand ideals, we still have and have had a lot of issues, especially with having the tendency to take what we want even though we have our own belief system that we push onto others.
I have to study more about the French Revolution. My education on the subject is the first 30 pages of Les Miserables and a whole lot of Rousseau, along with the assorted history book here and there.