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Towards the closing years of 18th century Europe was shaken by the French revolution—considered by many historians as the most important landmark in human history. The French Revolution was an uprising of the French people against privilege and autocracy. Of all the countries in Europe, France was deeply affected by social inequalities and the arbitrary rule of Bourbon Kings. The revolution underwent a process of dramatic change during a period of twenty years. Though the much-cherished dreams of liberty were not immediately realized, the impact of the French Revolution was profound. While the English Revolution of 1688 and the American Revolution of 1776 were chiefly political, the French Revolution of 1789 was social, political, economical and religious. The revolution began with the siege of Bastille on July 14,1789 and continued until the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte to power. Let us examine the causes that led to the sudden overthrow of the French Monarchy in 1789.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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