Bastille Day, July 14, 1789

Bastille Day, 1789, is a national holiday in France, complete with fireworks and celebrations, both public and private, It's often compared to the American Fourth of July, with fireworks and parties.

"More than any other event of the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, which began in 1789, changed the face of modern politics across Europe and the world.

It overturned the longstanding French system of monarchical government and introduced the ideas of liberty, equality, fraternity, and human and civil rights to modern political practice. 

It also helped to usher in modern nationalism and nation-states. And it became a model of revolutionary political change that was followed throughout the world from Europe, to HaitiLatin AmericaRussia, and East Asia."

Tadé Makowski Le 14 Juillet/ á la compagne/1928/Paris
But I can't help seeing a more serious side to Bastille Day. I'll write about this side tomorrow, but I'm warning you now: heads will roll.


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