‘Wheels of Revolution’ S.E.T.P.
Social: Before the revolution, only the noble and clergy had good lives. The common and poor were highly taxed, starving, and had no influence or power over their country. However, after the revolution, the privileges of the higher and noble class were abolished, and equal rights were issued for all.
Economical: Before the revolution, the Government’s financial stability was in shambles. Due to France’s involvement in the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolutionary War, and King Louis XVI’s spending habits. This caused the Government to put out highly unpopular tax rates to pay for the federal debt. However, after the war, the high taxes were minimized and were paid by everyone, rather than just the peasants.
Technological: Before the revolution, there was no way of executing a great number of people, nor was there a way to do it humanely. This changed during the French Revolution. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin designed a from of execution that was painless, effective, humane, and distinctive. The guillotine. This form of execution was used to kill many enemies of the revolution during the time period. It was even used to execute King Louis XVI.
Political: Before the Revolution took place, France was in a financial crisis. The Nobles and Clergy lived very selfish lives and wasn’t affected by the taxes. The poor people suffered, not being able to pay the taxes or even get themselves food on the table. This changed after the Revolution, when the middle classes took over France and abolished the privileges of the nobles and clergy, putting everyone on more equal footing.
In what ways did your event follow the same trajectory as other events in the past or present?
There are many events that follow the same trajectory the French Revolution, for example, the English Civil war follows a very close trajectory to its French counterpart. Both Revolutions start with a king who raises taxes and makes the common folk unhappy. This, in turn, leads to a populace that wants something to change. In the end, the king loses his power and influence – and even his life – and the populace gains more power.
Does your wheel represent, or end in justice for those involved? Were the consequences of the event positive or negative? To whom? Explain.
In the events that I covered, there was justice for the common folk not being able to feed themselves due to the ridiculous taxes (positive consequence for the common). HOWEVER, I do not know that well of what happened, but after the revolution, Napoleon came into power. And some can argue that the power he had was similar – or better – than what the Nobles had prior. Additionally, there were many wars and conflicts after the revolution itself. A negative consequence would have to go to the nobles and clergy that were in power before the revolution, as they had many privileges taken away.