French Revolution: Part 1

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  • French Revolution: Introduction
  • Factors that led to the Revolution
  • Meeting of the Estates General
  • The French Revolution started on July 14, 1789 and ended in 1799, lasting 10 years. This was when the people of France decided to revolt, because of the way they were being treated.
  • The Tennis Court Oath
  • There were many factors that lead up to the revolution. One being how the lower classes resentment was growing, because of how unfairly they were being treated. There were serious economic problems, and the weak leadership didn't know how to handle it. There were also new ideas about the government, and food shortages.
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • This meeting was held because King Louis XVI had no money left, and his solution was to impose taxes on the nobility. But they did not agree and forced him to hold this meeting to approve the new tax.
  • The Great Fear
  • The Estates General meeting caused the third estate to rename itself the National Assembly. They ended absolute monarchy, but this act enraged the others and the NA found themselves locked out of their meeting room. They decided to break down a door to an indoor tennis court, and pleaded to stay there until they had drawn up a new constitution.
  • This was when a mob searching for gunpowder and arms stormed the Bastille. Biggest reason this happened was because of rumors. Such as Louis wanting to use the military to dismiss the NA and that foreign troops are coming to Paris to massacre French citizens.
  • This was when a wave of senseless panic spread through France causing peasants to became outlaws themselves, because of rumors nobles were hiring outlaws to terrorize the peasants. Peasants armed with pitchforks/farm tools, broke into nobles' manors and destroyed documents that bound them to pay feudal dues or burned down the houses altogether.
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