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The French and Russian Revolutions were both influential monumental events and both revolutions comprised of striking similarities But while they have much in common there are some differences They were similar in that both France and Russia had similar conditions before and after the revolution with strong support from the lower classes but the Russian Revolution had communist values while the French Revolution was deeply rooted in ideals of the Enlightenment In France and Russia leading up to their revolutions the common people interested in equality and justice especially in France were fed up with the luxury and superiority in which their authoritarian leaders lived The French monarchy was overthrown and replaced with a representative government Likewise in Russia workers protested due to wartime shortages of food Tsar Nicholas II wanted the protesters to be killed but his own army turned against him He then abdicated After the revolution both countries ended up with authoritarian leaders In France Napoleon took control in 1799 suppressing the democratic aspects of the revolution in a military dictatorship However he did preserve civil equality religious freedom and promotion by merit Comparably the Bolsheviks came to power in Russia committing many atrocities Both countries started their revolutions trying to rid themselves of an authoritarian government and ended up with a different one after the revolutionThe lower classes played important roles in both revolutions They essentially sparked the revolutions In Russia they started massive social upheaval created unions and seized control of factories The common people of France got involved in the Revolution during the Storming of the Bastille In addition Russian and French peasants took and destroyed land fromthe landlords and aristocracy Armies in both countries were formed comprising of lower and middle class men
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