Economic inequality and abuse of power by the reigning government were two major
factors in the outbreak of the French Revolution. The French peasants anger
about these issues was so great that they turned to extreme violence, killing
anyone who voiced dissent with the revolutionary cause. Informative sidebars and
primary sources are presented alongside the engaging main text to help
illustrate the danger of allowing social and economic disparity to remain
unaddressed by governing bodies. A fact-filled timeline highlights key events
before, during, and after the revolution.