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The French Revolution was caused not by social conflict but by the political collapse of the monarchy Discuss The question of whether the French Revolution was due to social conflict or the political collapse of the monarchy is a complicated question Brinten in the anatomy of Revolution believes that Revolutions cannot occur in politically stable countries naturally enough Revolutions occur in inefficient centralized governments that are likely to collapse due to war and lack of money There must also be a loss of confidence in the army or the ruling elite All of these examples were evident in pre-revolutionary France and all of these reasons contributed to the insurrection that followed One of the primary reasons of this insurrection was the financial state of the country due to the inefficient waste of money on the pursuit of power and revenge As Gwynne Lewis argues in the French Revolution rethinking the debate France was extremely keen to be a world power However they also wanted revenge on Britain after the disasters of the seven years war They had been pushed out of Canada undermined in India and challenged in the West Indies this enraged the French which lead them to have a misguided and financially ruinous foreign policy For example as the quarrel between Britain and America deepened France viewed it as an opportunity to humiliate England as they first supplied the Americans and then publicly supported them leading to all-out warfare By the time it was finished France had its revenge however as Doyle says in the Oxford
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