Britain's competition for a share of the textile market, also, resulted in a loss of jobs for many lower class people (Breunig 3). The high cost of wars and the government's inability to tap into a portion of the nobility's wealth increases led to a great deficit, and eventually, to a marked increase in the taxes by the Estates-General (Breunig 3, Palmer 13). All these factors put more and more pressure on the whole of French society, especially between the varying social classes.
The dawn of the French Revolution most decidedly came with the storming of the Bastille, a prison and former feudal fortress, on July 14, 1789, by bourgeois militia and directed by the provisional government. The fall of the Bastille, though not immediately significant, took on a larger, more symbolic significance (Breunig 11-13). It demonstrated that the old government was no longer the prevailing force in France (Palmer 59).
In 1793 the French Revolution began to take on an increasingly more radical appearance. In order to eradicate any possible threat of a counterrevolution, revolutionary leaders resolved to exercise extreme force to ass