German Revolution of 1918 The German Revolution of 1918 was a rather peaceful revolution compared to the French Revolution. The German Revolution aimed to get rid of Kaiser at the time in order to create a more suitable government for the people. But that was not their only goal. They also sought to increase the labor movement. The French Revolution, on the other hand, was a very violent that took the lives of thousands including the monarchs. It took place during the 1700’s and lasted ten years. The French Revolution only goal was to take power in which Napoleon successfully did. The German and French revolution are similar and different due to the change in government, the impact on society and the leaders involved. Both the German and French revolution can be compared to how they continuously changed their governments and why they did it. During the German revolution, the people overthrew the monarch that was in place and disposed of Wilhelm II from Berlin ( current ruler at the time) on November 9th, 1918 (Dieter 3). This draws very close to the French Revolution as the people of France who were tired of Louis XVI’s antics and how bad of a ruler he was decided to overthrow him. However, there was a difference in how it was done. The German people showed mercy and allowed Wilhelm II to flee to Holland. The French, on the other hand, went down a more aggressive path and ended up killing Louis XVI. However, after both had disposed of the unjust rulers they didn’t have a ruler/leader they could turn to or depend on in order to help with the rebuilding of the country through the tough times. The Germans decided it would be best to elect someone in. With that, Max von Baden took over and became the chancellor of Germany (Wilde 4). Shortly after however, a man by the name of John Eisner proposed to Germany the idea of a republic which would have Max von Baden becoming a key leader but he wouldn’t have complete control (Gallus 4). The French did something quite similar to what the Germans did. The French decided to create a national assembly which would have Robespierre becoming the leader. Both revolutions decided to make the change in their government to help the greater good of the people and the country. Before the revolution, the Kaiser ( German ruler) had weakened the structure if Germany tremendously and had a negative effect on the army, which he destroyed during World War One. The Germans not wanting to make that same mistake again, decided to create a republic where the voice of the people would be able to be heard. The French, on the other hand, had a monarch that didn’t care about them and was very selfish. Louis XVI ended up putting the country in great debt and hurt the economy. The French rather than a republic decided to install a democracy. The democracy would be run by the people so that every decision that was made would be for the greater interest of the people and country. During a revolution, the government is always overthrown and replaced by a new one. The German and French Revolutions are perfect examples of that. Both revolutions managed to affect society is some way shape or form. The German Revolution was much more peaceful than the French Revolution. This was mainly due to the 14 points that President Wilson put into place after World War One. The 14 points were created in order to create a ceasefire within the country (Gallus 4). This was able to show the Germans that revolting doesn’t always have to be violent and that you can attain independence in the most peaceful way possible. By going about it peacefully they didn’t have to burn through their resources and were able to keep casualties to a minimum. The French Revolution couldn’t be any more different in this aspect. Killings were happening every day and turned into a habit in which the only way the French were willing to achieve victory was through violence. The German revolution wasn’t prone to violence. There were some instances in which fighting happened. During this time of violence, fighting ravaged the streets of Berlin (Dieter 4). This took a heavy toll on the middle class as their property was destroyed and belongings were stolen. The middle class were forced to create self-defense organizations as a countermeasure to protect themselves (Dieter 4). During this time many innocent people were killed due to the fighting that was going on and due to the lack of trust in one another. During the French Revolution, however, all the social classes were affected. This is mainly due to how the French handled the revolution. The violence spread across as no matter where you were innocents were killed daily and many from both sides were killed in their fights for power. The German revolution made attempts at a peaceful revolution a succeeded. The French, on the other hand, used whatever force they seemed was necessary to get what they wanted. The rulers/leaders of the German and French revolution held lots of similarities to on another. A dictator of Germany by the name of Ebert around the time of the revolution wanted to keep all the power to himself. In order to do so, he ordered the German army to go after any German that was opposing them and stop them in their tracks. Louis XVI did the exact same thing when he attempted to end off the opposition while blocking Paris off. Louis did this to remain in power and to continue living a lavish lifestyle. Trust back then was very scarce and the rulers of the time trusted no one. You can see this in Ebert who ordered the execution of anyone who he thought would oppose him which led to the death of many innocent people (Simkin 7). This was all so he could secure his seat in power even more. Robespierre holds many similarities to this as he started the reign of terror where he killed anyone who he suspected of treason no matter how close they were to him. Robespierre even went as far to kill his best friend. To think they were willing to do all this just to keep their seats in power. Each one of these rulers were driven by power. They got a taste of what it was like to be at the very top and would do anything just to keep it that way no matter what they had to do. Unfortunately for them, all things must come to an end and their reign of power would end up ending. This gave the people a chance to learn from all the mistakes that they made and turn the country around for the better.The German Revolution of 1918 held more similarities to the French Revolution than differences. Both revolutions took place due to the government in their country and how there was too much power. Both were overthrowing the ruler/government in place and make a change for the better. Although the measures they took to get there were different. The French Revolution was much more violent. While the German Revolution was more peaceful. The German Revolution of 1918 and the French Revolution were similar and different due to the change in government, the impact on society and the leaders involved.