Thursday, July 14, 2016

La Fete Nationale De La France

On this day in 1789 a crowd of 1000 Parisian laborers stormed the Bastille, a 14th century fort and political prison. The event marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the symbolic end of absolute monarchy in France. What followed was eight decades of political and social unrest as France and Europe as a whole struggled with the concept of nationalism. 

July 14 in France is National Day, a holiday know as Bastille Day throughout the English-speaking world. For more information about Bastille Day and the revolution it spawned go here.

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