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  • The French Revolution
  • I am an absolute monarch
  • There were three estates. The highest was the clergy, second was nobles and the third was everyone else. The first and second estates made up only 3% of the population. The first and second estates were not taxed and had 95% of the land. The third estate was the only one taxed and only had 5% land split up amongst 97% population.
  • The meeting of the estate generals was the first meeting since 1614. Summoned by King Louis XVI to propose solutions to his government's financial problems, the Estates-General sat for several weeks in May and June 1789 but came to an impasse over the first item on the agenda. They were trying to decide whether to vote by estate, giving the first and second states an advantage, or to vote all together giving the third estate an advantage.
  • The storming of Bastille was a siege of the prison fortress, Bastille. There were only 7 prisoners held there but stood as a symbol of the abuse of monarchy. It also contained weapons that the third estate could use to arm themselves.
  • The tennis court oath was a pivitol event during the revolution. A group called the national assembly were to meet with the other estate to have a voice in what was going on. When they arrived, the chamber door was locked and guarded by soldiers. Becuase of this, they made a makeshift conference room inside a tennis court, located in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles, near the Palace of Versailles. It was here that they took a solemn collective oath "not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established"
  • The French revolution was successful. While at the end, France was still under a monarchy, they did achieve the dissolving of the estate system. There is also more power to the people as education was supplied to everyone and a sense of natural rights was put in place. There was also more equality between the classes of citizens, for example everyone was taxed instead of just the third estate.
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