The French Revolution Begins

The French Revolution Begins

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  • Long Term Causes of French Revolution
  • Estates General
  • The Clergy
  • Everyone else (Mostly peasants)
  • The Nobles
  • Tennis Court Oath
  • Long term causes of the French Revolution included a wide social and economic gap between the third estate and the first and second estate, unfair taxes, growing ambitions of the middle class to gain higher social status, the influence of enlightenment ideas, and Louis XV and XVI' s political inaptitude.
  • Storming of the Bastille
  • We want weapons!!
  • The Estate General was for the 3 classes to have their own group. With the Estates General the clergy and the nobles are on top and everyone else is at the bottopm. To make descitions 2 of the three classes have to agree, which did not happen ofen until it was a benefit for the clergy and nobles.
  • Revolution Begins
  • The Tennis Court Oath is when Louis XVI gathered all the estates hand had a meeting in a tennis court. At the meeting people have give Louis XVI a long list of grievances. Then the 3rd estates declared itself the National assembly and took oath to the new constitution on the king. But after being surrounded by Versailles with troops the Parisians mobilized and when to the prison to riot.
  • Over 800 Parisians stormed the Bastille asking for weapons and gunpowder. The general didn't want to open the door so he opened fire on the mob. The mob got more angry, killed the general and broke through the defenses and some prisoners were let out. The result was that their was no weapons in the prison and the storming was a wake up call to  Louis XVI.
  • The third estate went crazy with revolutionary flare. They were motivated by the storming of the Bastille and the national assembly. They killed a lot of guys and posted their heads on pikes
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