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The French Revolution only led to government instability, large numbers of deaths, and essentially a return to the status quo.

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Death is a horrible price for anything. When a mass loss of life occurs, and there is nothing to show for it, it is even worse. The French Revolution was not worth all of the death, war, and destruction. Had the French achieved a major change for the better, all of those lives would not have been lost in vain. The French Revolution only led to government instability, large numbers of deaths, and essentially a return to the status quo. The French Revolution was started with high ideals, but ended with a compromise to settle the infighting amongst fellow countrymen.

The French Revolution was started with one idea in mind; depose the king and put a new democratic government into power. This seemed like a simple task to the leaders of the revolution and they assumed that once the king and his supporting aristocracy was taken care of, it would be easy to establish a democratic system of government. It was on this point that they were very wrong. The French had to go through seven governments until they came upon one that they decided to keep in power. Every time they established a new leadership structure, it would fall because of corruption and coups. Each time one group took power and created a government a group from the other side of the political spectrum would find a way to take their power. For example, the bourgeoisies did not like the liberal National Convention, so they took over and established the Directory that was much more conservative. The French Revolution only led to chaos in the government.

"Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible," Daine Frolov and Andrew Schneider. I believe this quote can apply to the loss of the French Revolution. People and politicians got so caught up with attaining tangible things such as power that they forgot what they were all giving up. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives during the French...