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The Work of the Constituent Assembly from 1789 to 1791

This problem briefly discusses the work of the French Constituent Assembly between 1789 to 1791. How the administrative and legal changes made by the Constituent Assembly changed the foundations of the French government? What was the main goal of the Constituent Assembly? What challenges does it faced?

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The reforms made by the Constituent Assembly during the period from 1789 to 1791 determined the foundations of the modern French government. According to Scott W. Haine, the main goals of these reforms were more than anything to rid France of the characteristics and privileges of the monarchy, and establish a government based upon the Enlightenment's ideas of rationality, humanity and effectiveness. Pierre Goubert argues that the Constituent Assembly set up everything for renewal: institutions, administration, finances, legislation, religion, justice, and weights and measures. A nation, which would limit the power of the monarchy, was under construction. The Declaration of Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789) was the foundation of all of the Constituent Assembly's work. From then on, the king had to make a pledge to the Constitution, although he was able to pronounce a veto in the legislative body. The new voting system was based on the possession of property. The poor, half of the men, and all the women could not vote. In addition, only property owners could be elected to participate in the assembly.

Furthermore, Haine asserts that this large scale ...

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The reforms made by the Constituent Assembly during the period from 1789 to 1791 determined the foundations of the modern French government. According to Scott W. Haine, the main goals of these reforms were more than anything to rid France of the characteristics and privileges of the monarchy, and establish a government based upon the Enlightenment's ideas of rationality, humanity and effectiveness. Pierre Goubert argues that the Constituent Assembly set up everything for renewal: institutions, administration, finances, legislation, religion, justice, and weights and measures. A nation, which would limit the power of the monarchy, was under construction.

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