The French Revolution


The years before (which started in 1789 AD.) were
ones of vast, unexpected change and confusion. One of the changes was the
decline of the power of the nobles, which had a severe impact on the loyalty of
some of the nobles to King Louis XVI. Another change was the increasing power
of the newly established middle class, which would result in the monarchy
becoming obsolete. The angry and easily manipulated peasants, who were used by
the bourgeoisie for their own benefit were another significant change, and
finally the decline of the traditional monarchy, that for so long had ruled,
were all factors to the main point that the French Revolution was caused by a
political base, with social ...

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foundation of the revolte nobiliaire
in the fact that it formed a basis of mistrust, and anger for the monarch.2 In
that time the feudal system was still being practiced, so social status was
based on the amount of land you could attain. With no land, the nobles saw
themselves to be as common as the common folk. Even in their arrogance they saw
that they were losing power. The next blow to the pride of the nobles came from
Louis XV, who passed a bill to let wealthy commoners purchase prominent spots in
political and social positions. This event shows how corrupt and money hungry
the government had become, by letting anyone get high up in the political chain
just by feeding the gluttonous king. The next king, Louis XVI saw that the
majority of France (75%) was peasants and serfs. Consequently, to try to ensure
their happiness (and prevent the Revolution), he had the Estates-General
abolish the feudal system, in which they held no ranking.4 This made the
nobility extremely ...

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situation affected the other people in France, and led to the French
Revolution and remotely, the rise of the middle class.

In the obsolete practice of feudalism there is no middle class. The
simplicity is beautiful; there are the extravagantly rich and the woefully poor.
In the eighteenth century, the rise of a middle class (bourgeoisie) in France
proved to be too much change at one time. The middle class were the wealthy
land owners, the lawyers, the scientists, the writers and other such people in
society. Politically, the system had to change to accommodate them. The growth
of the middle class was originally stimulated by the commercial prosperity of
the post 1776 era, ...

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