The French Revolution began less than two decades after the American Revolution. In many ways, the American experience was an inspiration for the citizens of France. But the people of the two countries had different situations and had different concerns, which influenced the way each revolution began, progressed, and ended. In this assignment you will write an essay that compares and contrasts the two revolutions.
In your essay, include information on the economic, political, or social conditions that were present; events that took place as each revolution progressed; and the final outcome of each. Did the people achieve their original goals? Did their goals change? Were they satisfied with the outcome or did conditions worsen?
To begin, consider the characteristics of each country, such as the following:
The status of ordinary citizens before the revolution
The type of government in place
The ability of the citizens to participate in their governance
The people who stepped forward as leaders
The taxes, laws, or social structure in place at the time
The outcome of the revolution compared to its original goals
Napoleon Bonaparte claimed to have put into practice the ideals of the French Revolution and the Enlightenment. Do you think he did? Did his actions and the legacy of his reign represent those ideals? Write a paragraph in which you state whether or not Bonaparte’s reign and legacy embodied the ideals of the French Revolution and the Enlightenment. Provide facts to support your claim.
There were similarities and differences between the American and French revolutions. Write a paragraph that compares and contrasts these two revolutions. Describe both how they were alike and how they were different.