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History is said to be written by the winners but is it possible to rewritehistory In a way the French like many who have preceded them and manywho will proceed them have done the impossible rewriting history From trivialfolklore such as George Washington chopping down a cherry tree to theincredibly wrong the African slave trade peoples views of historycan be shaped and molded The French have done a superb job of instillingall of us with the concept that their Revolution was a fight for libertyjustice and the good of all Frenchmen everywhere Their glorification ofthe Bastille with its depictions in painting and sculpture and howthe Revolution was the beginning of a new age pales to some of the eventsduring this period In fact the storming of the Bastille was merely a holein the dike and more would follow The National Guard the Paris Communethe September Massacre are all words that the French would prefer us notto hear These events were a subtle dnouement to an climax that wasfilled with both blood and pain The Reign of Terror or the Great Terrorwas a massive culmination to the horror of the French Revolution the guttersflowing with blood as the people of Paris watched with an entertained eyeNo matter what the French may claim if one chooses to open his eyes andread about this tragedy they are most certainly welcomeThe revolution begins quietly in the fiscal crisis of Louis XVIs reignThe government was running deeply into bankruptcy and at the urging of hisfinancial advisors he called the Estates General The governing body hadnot been called for almost two centuries and now its workings seemedoutdated A small number of people said that the Third Estate that whichwas drawn from the towns should have power to equal the other Estates Clubsof the bourgeoisie the middle class were formed proclaiming Salus populilex est It was a simple cry meaning the welfare of the people is lawTo these people the Estates General
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