Why do some reject the French Revolution?

royal744

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Jul 2013
10,354
San Antonio, Tx
Hm. French “revolution”? Really? A revolution that ate its own creators, led to rivers of blood and heads rolling down the street and ending with a monarchy. That’s not a revolution, it’s a humanitarian catastrophe.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
4,351
Sydney
The French nobles were rotten to the core ,
they were parasites who bankrupted the country and fought tooth and nails to stop any reforms
they were an impediment
the result of the revolution was the bourgeoisie taking control ,the Church worldliness being cut down
on the whole a very positive outcome
as for the human cost
10.000 noblemen are worthy of your sympathy but 5.000.000 peasants are not

they have no bred , let them eat cake
 
Sep 2016
1,102
Georgia
Hm. French “revolution”? Really? A revolution that ate its own creators, led to rivers of blood and heads rolling down the street and ending with a monarchy. That’s not a revolution, it’s a humanitarian catastrophe.
Here you go again. Monarchy was no longer the same as before 1789. France and it's society would never return to state of things before 1789.
Whether there were rivers of blood doesn't really matter in definition of Revolution. Look up the term ,, Revolution '' please and see for description of what processes term ,, Revolution'' is used. Trust me, you will never find in any definition a statement : ,, if 10 000 people die in process, it is no longer Revolution''.
 
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sparky

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Jan 2017
4,351
Sydney
The crisis of 1793 brought the invention of the levy "en masse"
universal conscription , the Army was not a bunch of paid mercenaries but the whole Nation in arm
this created a military force unequaled in number and morale
the officer corps was thoroughly overhauled , promotion would be by merit in a very competitive environment
special political envoys from the convention would judge generals and often condemn to death for failure .

a whole generation of exceptional officers reformed tactics with more skirmishers and assault columns

one example General francois Marceau , soldier at 16 years old , General at 24 , dead fighting from the front at 27
 

pugsville

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Oct 2010
8,807
The French nobles were rotten to the core ,
they were parasites who bankrupted the country and fought tooth and nails to stop any reforms
they were an impediment
the result of the revolution was the bourgeoisie taking control ,the Church worldliness being cut down
on the whole a very positive outcome
as for the human cost
10.000 noblemen are worthy of your sympathy but 5.000.000 peasants are not

they have no bred , let them eat cake

Simply not true, Many Nobles advocated and supported reform measures.
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,351
Sydney
the whole of Europe declared war on Republican France and invaded it's territory
Austria , Prussia , Spain , Portugal , Great Britain ,Dutch Republic ,Sardinia , Naples ...

there were insurrection in the Vendee and in Provence ,
an army of nobles emigres was fighting with the foreign invaders against France .

The committee of public safety declared the levy of all French men and the gearing of all resources to resist
the ex-King was condamned as a traitor and executed for secretly consorting with the enemy
the republic fought back and barefoot , barely trained soldiers beat back the tyrants bloody armies to the Rhine and beyond
 

pugsville

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
8,807
the whole of Europe declared war on Republican France and invaded it's territory
Austria , Prussia , Spain , Portugal , Great Britain ,Dutch Republic ,Sardinia , Naples ...

there were insurrection in the Vendee and in Provence ,
an army of nobles emigres was fighting with the foreign invaders against France .

The committee of public safety declared the levy of all French men and the gearing of all resources to resist
the ex-King was condamned as a traitor and executed for secretly consorting with the enemy
the republic fought back and barefoot , barely trained soldiers beat back the tyrants bloody armies to the Rhine and beyond

The Wars started when France declared war on Austria. The first fighting was the French invasion of the Austrian Netherlands.