French Revolution

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  • French Revolution
  • In Europe, France was considered the most advanced country in 1700. With a high population, great infrastructure, and the center of enlightenment, also were high taxes which caused civil unrest.
  • we are part of the third estate which makes up 98% of the population. This estate includes Bourgeoisie, city workers, and peasants
  • Social Classes or Estates
  • We are part of the second estate which includes rich nobles who owned almost 20% of the land
  • We are a privileged estate, the first estate. Clergy and wealthy individuals belong in this estate with us.
  • Civil Unrest in the Third Estate
  • As the third estate we had no power over the governments decisions, we are the only estate that pays taxes. We decided that since we made up 98% of the population that we should start our own voting group called "The National Assembly." This assembly would help eliminate the power of the king.
  • King Louis XVI
  • When I became king In 1774 I inherited severe debt from the previous King who helped aid the Americans in defeating the British. i spent lavishly and paid no attention to my countries domestic affairs. I married Marie Antoinette at the age of 15 and together we bankrupted France.
  • Legislative Assembly
  • The legislative asembly was seperated into 3 different sections;there were radicals who opposed the king and wanted sweeping changes, moderates who wanted moderate changes and could be influenced by others, and last were the conservatives who wanted a limited monarchy and little change to occur.
  • The end of King Louis xvi Reign
  • I was tried for treason and found guilty and was thrown out of power. I was killed by the guillotine. Men could now vote and a man named Robespierre came in power. He killed people who he thought to be unloyal to the government.
  • I, Marie Antoinette, also loved to spend lavishly.
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