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  •  Another perspective (5+ / 0-)

    I have read Simon Schama's "Citizens" and he offers a different reason for the cause of the French Revolution, or at least the initial leadership, but yet reaches the same conclusion as you.

    In "Citizens," Schama states that the aristocracy manipulated the people of France to engage in mob violence in an effort to curb the absolute monarchy and regain rights and privileges they lost with the advent of Louis XIV.

    The problem was the violence they instigated, or agitated, soon went beyond their control and they eventually became the victims of the great purge.

    However, as you stated, it was a mass of people, the proletariat, so to speak, which arose because of the dreadful conditions of poverty and hunger they had had to endure for decades, if not centuries.

    Good analogy and it is one I'm glad you stated.

    •  I've read that one as well and its a good read! (2+ / 0-)

      And it may be correct that the violent mob may have been a brush fire lit by the Aristocracy that quickly grew into an inferno and completely out of their control.

      I know there we many examples of elites attempting to appease their peasants with gifts and the like and tried to walk bake comments made from the crown.

      In either event though, you are correct, the end result is the same and something we have to mindful of.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 09:08:28 AM PDT

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    •  Off topic - user IDs (0+ / 0-)

      I sometimes hover over user names in comments to see their user ID #s and couldn't help but notice something here.

      I hadn't realized that the latest numbers are over 500,000, as is Todd Hancock's (544864). (He) joined a few days ago, 9-16-12.

      Then I checked idbecrazyif's ID# and date (he) joined - 321502 on 10-6-11.

      That is 223,362 new members in less than a year!! That's quite a lot, even if you discount for a certain percentage of trolls.

      Also, both of their comments here were spot on.

      Existence always was and always will be.

      by Seattle Mark on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:16:32 PM PDT

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