French Revolution part 1

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  • French Revolution: Introduction
  • Everyone in the third estate was struggling at this point in time.
  • Factors that led to the Revolution
  • How is my family supposed to survive when the price of bread has been doubled!?
  • Meeting of the Estates General
  • France appeared to be successful but was actually struggling with things like bad harvest, high prices, high taxes, and people had been asking questions influenced by the ideas of the enlightenment.
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • Factors leading to the revolution: growing resentment among lower classes, new ideas about government, serious economic problems, weak/indecisive leadership, food shortage. 
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • At the estates general, the clergy and nobles expected to dominate each estate’s delegates met in a separate hall to vote, and each estate had one vote so the first and second estate could always outvote the third estate.
  • The Great Fear
  • The National Assembly was got locked out of the meeting room so they broke down a door to an indoor tennis court and refused to leave till they had drawn up a new constitution.
  • On July 14th, 1789 the people of the third estate gathered weapons and stormed the Bastille, a Paris prison, in search of gun powder 
  •  A wave of senseless panic through France where peasants became outlaws themselves, broke into nobles’ manors and destroyed documents that bound them to pay feudal dues or burned down the houses altogether
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