Highlights of the French Revolution (World Digital
Author: Hilaire Belloc
In 1787 the upper class French yielded economic and political power over the country’s underprivileged
citizens, leading the working class to demand higher taxes from the elite. By the summer of 1789 a new
constitution had yet to be written and enough controversy had fomented around King Louis XVI, the
Tennis Court Oath, and the National Assembly to lead to the Great Fear. Eager to stop the panic from
spreading, France revolted in 1792 against Austria and Prussia.
Laden with conspiracy, coups d'états – check out the eBook Napoleon’s Art of War by D’Aguilar for
further study on this subject – and executions, Highlights of the French Revolution plucks out the most
interesting moments of the French Revolution.
Hilaire Belloc is the author of many informed works of historical commentary, including but not limited to
The Great Heresies, How the Reformation Happened, and The Crusades. It should also be noted that he
wrote a number of books geared toward younger readers, such as The Bad Child’s Pop-up Book of
Beasts and Cautionary Tales for Children. Belloc, a devout Catholic, lived from 1870 to 1953.