What Steps did the French Revolutionaries take to Create a sense of Collective Identity among the French People?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 5th, 2022

The steps that the French revolutionaries took to create a sense of collective identity among the French people were laying down a Constitution promoting equal rights for all and instilling a sense of nationalism by including a national flag as a symbol of the nation and a national language. Other measures that were taken to instill the feeling of unity among the French people were creating a political body with the help of citizens' participation and bringing in common law for all.

Measures taken by the French Revolutionaries

The French revolutionaries took several measures to ensure that the French people felt, thought, and behaved collectively and unanimously. The French revolutionaries were willing to make such a change that the people of France identified themselves as one and took pride in their country. A few steps taken in the same direction were:

  • A new French flag, a tricolor, was introduced, replacing the Royal Standards.
  • Promotion of equal rights in the Constitution by including the ideas of 'la patrie' (the fatherland) and 'le citoyen' (the citizen).
  • The Estates General was reformed as the National Assembly with the active participation of the citizens.
  • 'One law' was introduced for the whole nation, and all the unnecessary internal dues and customs were abolished.
  • New oaths were taken.
  • French was encouraged as the national language, and the regional dialects were not supported anymore.

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