2% of total population; nobilities; exempt from certain taxes/military services
1% of total population; clergies; exempt from certain taxes;
the rest of the population; no special rights
He is this handsome French dude who rose to prominence and led several significant wars in the late 1700's to early 1800's.
So... who is Napoleon?
France in the 1789's society was ruled by an absolute monarch and had three divisions of people where the first and second estates cover total of 3% of population and 97% by the third estate.
Napoleon the Emperor
"Imagination rules the world."
The first estate was made up of clergies, and they get to not pay certain taxes. The nobles in the 2nd estate are also not forced to pay certain taxes or military services. Lastly and sadly the third estate has no special rights; majority of the total population does not have them.
He was serving as an artillery officer in the French army when the French Revolution erupted in 1789. He rapidly rose through the ranks of the military, seizing the new opportunities presented by the revolution and becoming a general at age 24.
Wow, I want to learn more about it now!
After a war called Reign of Terror, Napoleon who was just a young military officer, overthrew the ruling Directory and seized power of France as he became the Emperor of the French.
Then Napoleon installed the Napoleonic Code, a strict set of laws that limited the individual rights of his subjects.
CODE de NAPOLEON
Indeed, the French Revolution can be called a failure. However, the bourgeoisie rose as a major power as well as no more feudalism. Napoleon emerged including other powerful leaders, strengthening France's nationalism as a whole. It was an event that helped France to get a taste of the government of democracy, creating such as constitutions, elections, and more. The French Revolution was an impactful event that greatly influenced the modern Europe today.
The French Revolution wasn't really successful; however, several reformations occurred, and the overall influence contributed greatly to the future of modern Europe!