From 1789 to 1799, the French Revolution was a "cataclysmic political and 1 social upheaval." French society was going though a hard period in France that was the French Revolution. "Recent scholars tends to downplay the social class
struggle and emphasize political, cultural, ideological, and personality factors in 2 the advent and unfolding of the conflict." The French Revolution was caused by the unhappiness of peasants being taxed by the ruling classes of nobility, clergy,
and bourgeoisie. In addition to being taxed, the high prices of food made many
people revolt against the ruling class. The peasant women who bought the food
really revolted against the high prices.
The French Revolution's riots started on July 12th, and on July 14th, the
storming of the Bastille (royal prison that symbolized the depotism of the Bourbons) because of the provocative acts of Louis XXVI. Suspicions also grew around Marie Antoinette that she was in constant communication with her brother Lepold II, the Holy Roman emperor. Because of popular suspicions regarding the
queen's activities and the complicity of the king, the royal family was
apprehended on June 21 at Varennes while attempting to escape from France.
This study will also include the period when public executions was out of...