The French Revolution was a series of complex events from 1789 to 1799. The Revolution consisted of 3 stages and a 4th following the revolution. The first stage known as The First French Revolution was a constitutional struggle that was for the most part passive. During these periods very little violence erupted however, it still had its fair share of problems. A group of brave, influential men expressed criticism towards the King and his policies. Reminiscent of the American Revolution the group of men rejected taxation without representation, declined arbitrary authority. They offered many programs and reforms that benefited the nation many of which were accepted by the king himself. This stage of the French Revolution unlike the American Revolution did not focus on one constitution, or set of political leaders. The lack of violence did not last forever, threat of change created tension between other countries which eventually erupted into war.
The second stage of the French Revolution which lasted from 1792-1794 gave way to a corrupt government. This was a time of crisis and confusion for the people of France. The rulers mobilized all of the countries resources to fight foreign countries and counter revolutionaries in France. This policy saved the public but it tore the country into factions.
The third and final stage of the French Revolution was known as "The Directory." The Directory lasted from 1794-1799. The Directory was the first bicameral legislature in French history. The parliament consisted of 500 representatives and 250 senators. The executive roles were given to five people named by the council. This new regime was met with resistance from the Jacobins and the Royalists. The army suppressed many riots and anti revolutionary behaviors. The army was led by Napoleon Bonaparte and gained much power. On the 9th of November in 1799 the Consulate was established by Napoleon. In many ways the Revolution gave birth to Napoleon.
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