Analysis based on the Brinton's four stages of a revolution
Protagonists negotiate differences - Eventually radicals win control over moderates
Charles de Calonne, unable to borrow any more money in during times of financial trouble, proposes a complete revamping of the fiscal and administrative system of the state.
Nobles, prelates, and magistrates gather and call a meeting of the Estates General at Versailles
First order wants to vote by order, while Third estate wanted vote by head. The Third Estate voted to constitute itself a National Assembly and decided to draw up a constitution.
Common people rise up and save the third estate from the king’s attempt to stop the revolution
Differences Escalate to Violence (revolution and civil war) and radicals win control.
The Girondins came to fear the radical mobs in Paris while the Mountain urged the conviction and killing of the king.
Including such violence as the Fall of Bastille
Louis XVI was caught escaping the country, found him guilty of treason and sentenced him to death by the guillotine.
The Mountain arrest and execute the leading Girondins
Radicals are Successful and Establish a Government based on their values
The radical group, the Mountain, seize power and start this group that governs the nation during the reign of terror
Those who revolted were shut down in this time of the reign of terror. As Robespierre stated, everyone had to agree with the govt.
Government of the radicals is not successful and the government becomes more conservative and the government becomes not too different from the one that was replaced by the revolution.
The people revolt against the terrorizing power of the Committee of Public Safety and decide to install the Directory
Robespierre is kicked out of power, arrested, and executed. The people wanted to go back to what they had before, and were sick of the terror.
The period of the Directory was an era of materialistic reaction to the suffering and sacrifices that had been demanded in the Reign of Terror and the Republic of Virtue.