14 July is celebrated in France as the French National Celebration. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the launch of The French Revolution.
A Time of Turmoil
The French Revolution was one of the most influential events of modern history. The ten-year period from 1789 to 1799 when France went from a Monarchy to a Republic, to a Reign of Terror, to Dictatorship was one of the most tumultuous times in European history.
Myth and Reality
Much myth and romantic legend has been written on what some politicians would like the French Revolution to have been, but the reality was that the French Revolution was a monstrous horror. In the name of "liberty, equality, fraternity or death!" over 40,000 people lost their heads to the guillotine, 300,000 people were publically executed by firing squads, drownings and other methods of mass murder and ultimately many millions died in the 25 years of war and upheavals that resulted.
The Prototype Revolution
The French Revolution has been the inspiration and model for all socialist and communist revolutions in modern history.
Read more: http://www.reformationsa.org/index.php/history/331-what-is-bastille-day-celebrating
To hear the audio of the lecture from Dr. Peter Hammond on the French Revolution click on the following link: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1071353181
Bastille Day Is Nothing to Celebrate by Steve Byas http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23611-bastille-day-is-nothing-to-celebrate