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There are many social political and economic reasons for a Political revolutions or a sudden radical overthrow of existing social and political structures and provide a leap in the historical process in time as opposed to a quantitative gradual social change that occurs in history a war causes a revolutionary leap. There are many similarities between the French Revolution in the late 1700s and the Arab spring happening right now.

Social Causes of the Arab spring wide gap in income levels economic decline unemployment extreme poverty large population of educated but dissatisfied youth in the population concentration of wealth in the hands of aristocrats and the power for decades increasing food prices rising aspirations and lack of government reform absolute monarchies revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations both violent and nonviolent the Arab spring is different than the causes of the French Revolution because of the Internet and social media and the weaponry used by the government in charge. When you can get information instantly from any new sources with video and glossy pictures it's difficult to deny that abuses on the people are happening when there is photographic evidence that it is true. During the French Revolution there were many newspapers and pamphlets being written and word-of-mouth spread stories far and wide but it's a very different thing to actually see pictures of people being beheaded for petty crimes then. Read about it in a pamphlet. Television coverage of mass demonstrations throughout the world meant that the government's could not use violence against protesters without looking barbaric to the world so it afforded the protesters some protection.

Political caused by long-suffering enraged and increasingly hopeless people who had little or no say in the political national process who didn't trust those in positions of and of power and authority. This is very similar to the causes of the French Revolution. In France the church and aristocracy ruled all aspects of society. In both the French Revolution and many countries in the Arab nations Kings ruled by absolutism and had great power. Arbitrary arrests imprisonments without trials and executions they were victims of exploitation police harassment and harsh or unfair punishment for crimes that were either unjust or that they did not commit the Arab spring is a response to significant prolonged oppression of the people During the French Revolution weaponry was pretty simple a guillotine and guns of course these are capable of killing people but not at the rate chemical warfare or bombs can cause. The Arab countries have many weapons at their disposal that were unavailable to hundred years ago. The technology and instant access to information and weapons capable of killing thousands of people at a time is a major difference between the Arab spring and French revolutions


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Economic conditions and Arab nations were similar to the French Revolution where hunger and malnutrition and inflation caused a 50% increase in bread prices the gap between the rich and the poor is vast and ever widening where 99% live at the poverty level where food and jobs for insecure in France crushing poverty from the French, nurse and France just like in many Arab nations the aristocrats and Kings were undeserving overprivileged living a life of excess luxury and wealth off the blood sweat and tears of those just struggling to survive. The people have endured taxation and were victims of job insecurity indebtedness from predatory the youth in Arab countries are educated but unemployed basic job opportunities that do not exist the youth have time to protests because they have no jobs educated people are moved likely to be exposed to ideas like democracy and they understand from history how governments can be overthrown they been exposed outside political ideas economic corruption includes bribery kickbacks nepotism and embezzlement massive corruption and all economics meant that friends of the people in charge controlled huge monopolies and then because they're aware of how corrupt economic system was invested their money in foreign banks and projects not in their own country The gap between the rich and the poor is vast and the vast majority who are out the poverty level were hungry and their jobs are insecure with no access to affordable healthcare and no way to get out they felt hopeless

Political revolutions are complex mix of issues. Dissatisfied youth a week economy unemployment underemployment price validity and inflation poverty and under development inequality and corruption each of these factors alone is probably not enough to start a revolution but when you bring these factors together you can bring down a country the nature of political revolution when 2% of the population rules over the other 98% as in France and when peasants are 80% of the population where inflation rises to the point where you cannot afford eat people will rise up. Clinical revolutions occur to a complex mix of social economic and political issues. A change in political structure as a solution to the problem will only happen if a majority of people want a change. In countries where everyone is wealthy and happy perhaps having a monarch for your leader isn't such a bad thing like in Saudi Arabia, but in poor economic times having an elite few rule your destiny will you can't afford eat bread will cause a revolution.