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The French Revolution, vol 1

The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2

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Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 155,427 / 469 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.5
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 2,053
mnybks.net#: 6806
Genre: History
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price and poor quality of bread. - In the provinces. - At Paris.

During the night of July 14-15, 1789, the Duc de la Rochefoucauld- Liancourt caused Louis XVI to be aroused to inform him of the taking of the Bastille. "It is a revolt, then?" exclaimed the King. "Sire!" replied the Duke; "it is a revolution!" The event was even more serious. Not only had power slipped from the hands of the King, but also it had not fallen into those of the Assembly. It now lay on the ground, ready to the hands of the unchained populace, the violent and over-excited crowd, the mobs, which picked it up like some weapon that had been thrown away in the street. In fact, there was no longer any government; the artificial structure of human society was giving way entirely; things were returning to a state of nature. This was not a revolution, but a dissolution.

Two causes excite and maintain the universal upheaval. The first one is food shortages and dearth, which being constant, lasting for ten years, and aggravated

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