Friday, July 9, 2010

Le Jour De La Bastille

We just had our 4 th of July
and to us in the United States
its a big day
but the trouble is
we think the world revolves around us
and we forget how big and how old the world is
we weren't always here
and in 1776 we were a backwater not a super power
the 14 th is coming up
bastille day

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

Now we like to think that what we Americans do and did change the world in ways no one can or ever did
but thats really not true
In my opinion the 14 th of July 1789 might very well have been the single most important day in the modern era
and anyone interested in changing our world must se how this day really was like a kick off
this is where modern revolutionary change started.
it was a day that started a revolution and a revolution that started a war that lasted 25 years
The Great French War is a term sometimes used to describe the period of almost continuous conflict from April 20, 1792 to November 20, 1815 (23 years 7 months), between France and various other states of Europe. Nowadays, historians commonly recognize a split between the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.
The conflict began when France declared war on Austria following a gradual increase in tensions following the French Revolution in 1789. The wars continued through several régime changes in France (beginning with the deposition of King Louis XVI in 1792 and continuing through the Terror instigated by the Jacobins under Maximilien de Robespierre). The Jacobins were in turn overthrown and an Executive Directory set up, eventually also giving way to the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte—first as First Consul then as Emperor.
The Treaty of Amiens produced the only period of general peace during the Great French War (besides Napoleon's brief exile on Elba), and separates the earlier French Revolutionary Wars from the later Napoleonic Wars, although both terms are sometimes used to cover the entire period.
In total the war claimed between 4 million and 6.5 million lives (including civilian casualties) and involved between 6 and 10 million combatants. It was fought principally in Europe, but conflict did occur in both north Africa and South Africa as well as in South America, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, India and throughout much of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Some colonial possessions changed hands permanently, with crucial implications for their later history, such as South Africa.
The wars saw the rise and fall of French dominance over Europe, as well as the rapid decline of the Spanish and Portuguese empires. The Russian and British Empires thus both benefited from the wars in the short term. One lasting result of the conflict was a dramatic growth in Italian and German nationalism, which culminated in the unification of Italy in 1861 and of Germany in 1871. The war proved to be the last ever fought between Britain and France, ending the Second Hundred Years' War that had seen them constantly in conflict between 1689 and 1815.


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