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The French Revolution was caused by a bad ruler and a bad economy King Louis XVI and his wife Mary Antoinette taxed the poor people heavily and paid no attention to the country During the early 1780s a big percent of annual budget went towards King Louis XVIs huge estate in Versailles France also had no central bank no paper currency no ways of getting more money and an out dated tax system which only taxed the poor which had no money to begin with The first signs of revolution appeared when the peasants stormed the fortress known as the Bastille looking for gun powder The Bastille incident set off revolts all over France and Louis was deposed soon afterwards King Louis XVI and Mary Antoinette were executed by revolutionaries on the guillotine in 1793 A democratic government was setup in place of the old monarcy A doctrine called the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen served as a basis for the revolutionary French leaders The French set up a government in which an elected legislative group met annually It also consisted of an elected judiciary and an executive headed by the king The king had no real power and just served as a figure head Another revolution that took place more than 100 years later was the Russian Revolution The Russian Revolution took place for nearly the same reasons that the French Revolution took place a bad leader and a bad economy These two reasons along with other factors caused these two revolutions Although very similar these two revolutions had many differences One difference is that Russia had an unsuccessful pre-revolution in 1905 Another is that France turned towards a democracy and the Russian government became communist Instead of learning from the pre-revolution in 1905 Czar Nicholas II made a very big mistake by not introducing reforms to correct the problems The situation grew worse and in 1917 the Russians were fighting
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