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Re: CHAT: Bastille day [was Re: Le Jour de la Prise de la Bastille]

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 2004, 21:24
En réponse à John Cowan :

>Well, nothing like the French Revolution has ever happened anywhere in >the anglophone world. Its nearest analogues are the American Revolution, >the English Civil War, and the English Glorious Revolution. All of these >(with the partial exception of the Civil War) represent preemptive strikes >against potential tyranny rather than the unseating of a tyranny actually >in place. The fall of the Bastille symbolizes primarily the destruction of >tyranny through the physical destruction of one of its most hated symbols.
Which is why it is viewed as a happy event even though it went very wrong afterwards...
>The fact that Louis XV's rule represented a considerable moderation of >what comes before it affected the timing of the French Revolution, but not >its symbolic impact.
Louis the XVI you mean :) . While he was indeed quite moderated compared to his predecessors, he was not ready to give up a single bit of his power, which is why we got rid of him rather than create a constitutional monarchy (the fact that the nobility and the clergy always voted against the Tiers-Etat during the Etats Généraux didn't help either :) ). Hi everyone! If you wondered where I'd gone, it's just that for a few days I didn't receive any post from the mailing list. I still followed it through the archive, while trying to find out what went wrong (I tried mailing the listerv itself, but received no reply either), when suddenly I received all the posts written since Monday as one big lump (with the posts in complete disorder, and with the replies from the listserv). I still don't know what happened but John is looking at it :) . Anyway, I'm back! :) Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.