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  • Taxes
  • Starvation
  • Enlightenment Philosophies
  • In the decades leading to the French revolution, peasants paid a land tax to the state and a 5% property tax and had little money. They all paid a tax on the number of people in the family , depending on the status of the taxpayer.
  • Estates General meeting/Tennis Court Oath
  • France faced a mounting economic crisis. A rapidly growing population had outpaced the food supply. A severe winter in 1788 resulted in famine and widespread starvation in the countryside. Rising prices in Paris brought bread riots.
  • Storming of the Bastille
  • The Revolution was based on the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Philosophers of the Enlightenment, known as philosophes, favored limited monarchy, freedom of speech, and equality.
  • Women’s March to Versailles
  • the members of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, vowing "not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established". It was a pivotal event in the French Revolution.
  • This violent attack on the government by the people of France signaled the start of the French Revolution.
  • a crowd of women demanding bread for their families gathered other discontented Parisians, including some men, and marched toward Versailles
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