The French Revolution
The French Revolution was a violent political movement that took place in the late 18th century.
The unrest in France began during the reign of King Louis XVI, whose spending decisions had led the country into debt.
In order to solve this problem, Louis XVI called on an assembly of French citizens to vote on what to do.
However, poor citizens found that higher-class citizens had the power to outvote them.
This led to the decision to place higher taxes on commoners.
Angered by this decision, the commoners created their own assembly, and began to revolt.
After invading Louis XVI's palace, the revolutionaries gained control of France.
The new government abolished the monarchy and executed both the king and his wife, Marie Antoinette.
But while the king was no longer in charge of France, the French Revolution would continue for years after his execution, as the new government waged war against other European countries that were afraid their citizens would follow France's example.