French Revolution


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  • First Estate
  • Second Estate
  • Third Estate
  • Louis XIV leaves France in a state of trouble. France is in a state of economic peril after Louis XIV's lavish spending and a poor harvest. Thus, France is in a state of national debt.
  • Louis XVI takes over after Louis XIV's death. He rules as an absolute monarch. He was a lavish spender, and refused to listen to his financial adviser, Jacques Necker. France thus plunged into debt.
  • France had three different castes under Louis XVI's rule. Theses castes were divided into groups known as estates. The first and second estates were the wealthiest, and the third estate contained 98% of the population, and was the poorest, disadvantaged caste.
  • The members of the Third Estate formed a national assembly. However, on June 20th, 1789, they found themselves locked out of their usual meeting place. The group moved to a nearby indoor tennis court. It was here that they decided they would not separate until there was a written constitution.
  • The Third Estate stormed the Bastille. This is considered the true beginning of the French Revolution. Bastille symbolized the Monarchical Tyranny that the Third Estate was trying to abolish.
  • Emigres were Frenchman who fled France in the wake of the revolution. They did not agree with the post-revolutionary government, and they were hoping they could flee and find outside help to restore the old government.
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