August 8, 2011
The American, French, and Latin Revolutions
The American, French, and Latin Revolutions all share a common denominator, European Imperialism, in which a war was fought in order to be independent. Years of fighting concluded to the success of each of the revolutions, but all required hard work to make possible. In addition to imperialism, and a need for independence slavery is a common theme that was present in all revolutions. The paper will discuss a brief explanation of the reason behind the initiation of the wars, the greatest influence to each war, and the effects the American and French revolution made to the world, while comparing all three major Revolutionary Wars. The American Revolutionary war was fought between Britain and its 13 colonies and lasted eight year, beginning April 19, 1775. The war was initiated when the British government created a series of laws that demanded that the colonies pay an increase of taxes such as the Sugar Act (1764), the Stamp Act (1765), The Townshend (1767) and the Tea Act (1773). On top of that the British colonies were to respect the Quartering Act, which required them to provide housing and accommodations for British troops. (Bentley, Streets & Ziegler, 2008 pg.477) Thanks to the neglect Britain had shown the colonies and declaring the rebellious, a few delegates wanted to declare the colonies the right to be free, independent American Colonies; by adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The French Revolution unlike the American, independence from imperial Britain, looked to renounce the existing society by replacing it with a new political, social, and cultural structure. (Bentley, Streets & Ziegler, 2008 pg.479) The need of revolution came from serious financial, political and social crisis, which in turn became a movement of reform and violent change. (Blaufarb, 2011) The Revolutionary wars in the Latin...