Q&A: THREE most significant reasons for why the FRENCH REVOLUTION was so REVOLUTIONARY?

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Question by Sunshinebaby: THREE most significant reasons for why the FRENCH REVOLUTION was so REVOLUTIONARY?
What top three reasons would you use to define the French Revolution, and why?

In other terms, what was so revolutionary about the French Revolution?

Anything will help :)
- Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Mr. Bitter
1. They overthrew the government. (That is the definition of a revolution, but your teacher is probably looking for something else)

2. It abolished the Monarchy. The King was even placed on trial and put to death for his crimes against the French People. Executing a King was an unprecedented and shocking thing to do.

3. Property was seized from the former nobility and redistributed.

4. The French Revolution attempted to entirely transform the Culture of France. A new calender was introduced, it began with the date of the Revolution. So they literally proclaimed this is "Year One."

The new calender never really caught one, it's New Year's Day was April First. It was so widely mocked that it became a tradition to pull pranks on April First.

For awhile, Norte Dame was taken away from the Church and turned into "The Temple of Reason". At the height of the Terror persecution of the Catholic Church was so intense that celibate clergy were forced to marry. The Priests, Nuns, and Monks who refused to break their vows were tied together and thrown into the River. This was called "Republican Marriage".

A new system of weights and measures was established. This did catch on. It's called the Metric System.

Hope this helps.

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