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1 a Revolution and Reaction- Toward the end of the eighteenth century two revolutions occurred outside England that indirectly threatened the stability of the British political and social systems The French Revolution began on July 14 1789 when a group of French citizens stormed the Bastille a Paris prison for political prisoners During the following weeks the revolutionaries approved a document called the Declaration of Rights of Man affirming the principles of liberty equality and fraternity France became a constitutional monarchy Revolutionary violence reached its peak as the Jacobins under the leadership of Maximilien Robespierre began what is called the Reign of Terror b The Reign of Terror- During this time period British leaders did not want France or any other nation to win dominance on the European continent In 1793 France took the initiative by declaring war on Britain Thus began a series of wars that would drag on for twenty-two years creating fear and rigidity within Britain and effectively squelching during that time all hope of reform within British society The battles at Waterloo ended the great Napoleons reign but not till he conquered almost all of Europe c Coping with Societys Problems- During this era Britains government ignored the many problems that arouse Many of these problems were a result from the Industrial Revolution The problems that arouse were not ones that were going to vanish overcrowded towns the unpleasant and unsafe working conditions in the factories the long working hours and the low pay experienced by the workers During this time Britain had a series of weak and ineffective royal heads George III long subject to bouts of insanity went irretrievably mad in 1811 George III and his predecessors all had there flaws however finally Parliament passed the first law governing factory safety which mad the people happy after the government pushed them down and ignored them d The Beginnings of Romanticism- Writers of the Romantic Age reacted strongly to the
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