The French Revolution was based on the idea of equality. This rapidly growing idea was the rallying cry for the Revolutionaries. But this Revolution was unlike any other. What seemed to many a fight for freedom, under closed doors it was truly a struggle for power, power claimed by deceit and betrayal driven by the endless call for blood.

At the turn of the 17th century, France and England were two very strong power houses. With the two strongest Monarchies in Europe, there was much to be proven between the two. After the events leading up to the French Revolution, the French people have fought in 3 wars, and have seen and helped the rise of a new nation in the British colonies. They have watched their rulers spend money on wars based on greed and revenge, and have tolerated the burdens brought on to them by 3 decades of violence. But what seemed to the French people a simple fact of war, sharing the burdens of starvation and poverty with so many French citizens, seemed to be a fairy tale and rumors to the French Monarchy. With France bankrupt and in some of the worst political turmoil it has ever faced, the hated Marie Antoinette Queen of France was spending money like crazy. The very thought of a foreign queen spending money on lavish items and dipping her hands in to the already dwindling French treasury, France had enough.

With a growing idea of equality and justice spreading around the world with the newly formed United States leading the way, France grasped onto the idea and pushed for the fair rights for all, even if it meant a Revolution was needed. On June 2, 1789, all three French Estates met on the basic idea of Freedom in a small tennis court, led to the now growing idea of Revolution. This act known as the Tennis Court Oath would lead to the final act of defiance at the Bastille. But the Tennis Court Oath was not the only ultimatum from the French people to there hated ruler, with the newly formed Assembly, the King had no say and no power. This finally led the King to fear his people, and forced him to bring in foreign help to ensure his safety. With this threat of foreign oppression, what few rights the King gave them was being threatened. This oppression was not only a threat to the citizens but also a threat to France. And with what fear they had, enveloped into anger and a spark of revolutionary fever, which was directed towards the symbol of oppression in France, a place called the Bastille.

One month after the fall of the Bastille the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was passed in the National Assembly. The ideas that were mentioned in it was the ideals of Freedom and Justice for all. These ideas were made up of the same ideals so vividly expressed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. In fact the whole basis of the revolutionary motivations in France could be considered a copyright from the ideals of the American Revolution. But the point of this document was there to limit the monarchy not destroy it. But in time after a still haunting memory of the monarchies power, would drive the French people to ultimately end there rule in blood. With the execution of King Louis XVI on January 21, 1793, France was no longer led by the Royal Monarchy but by a Republic still in turmoil, maybe even worse then when the King was still in power.

French citizens, for 11 years, fought for their freedom. Freedom denied from them by Louis and for some the last glimpse of freedom ended on the guillotine. All starting with a simple idea of freedom. For France this was justice, with Napoleon Bonaparte crowned Emperor of France, France became once again a mighty world power. The French Revolution was a building block of world democracy, the same democracy the French fought for 200 years ago is being fought for today in Libya were countries founded by Revolution, like America and France, are helping a country oppressed and unjustly treated, fight for the same right we hold dear. Those very rights were not given to us but paid for in blood, through revolution.