May 05, 2016

Today in History: Louis XVI of France summons Estates-General . . . too late (1789)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

Too little too late? Supposedly it’s never too late to do the right thing. 

But when Louis XVI of France summoned the Estates-General, France’s pseudo-parliament, on May 5 1789, it turned out that 175 years between Parliaments was too long.

France needed to do the right thing and develop a parliamentary tradition centuries earlier and by 1789, no one could figure out how to do it right and Revolution and bloody terror resulted.

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commented 2016-05-06 17:51:32 -0400
We shouldn’t give Junior any ideas. A 175 year suspension of Parliament? Yeesh.
commented 2016-05-05 16:31:06 -0400
Professor ROBSON I attended class to day , you probably didn’t notice me as I am just a commoner , but what I took away was that mess of a meeting eventually brought on napoleon , and that brought on the English that defeated him
One thing leads to another and then to us