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French Revolution one of the major revolutions in European history The revolution marks a turning point in Frence history and in world history in general Forms of government morals ideologies and social development were greatly affected by it in all Europe and even in US The beginning of the Frence Revolution in generally dated from June 1789 But the crisis in political and economic affairs in France in that period was so great that social unrest rioting a and rebellion were common for two years before The end of the revolutionary perios was marked by the establishment of the Empire by Napolean in 1804 The basic causes of the French Revolution were rooted in the rigidities of French society in the 18th century Lines of distinction between classes were tightly drawn and opportunites for social advancement were very few The economy was not growing as fast as it should have been Then needs of an increasing population were not being met Governmet was inefficient and unrepresentative Economic problems made the heavy tax exempt but neary so while the peasents and middle classes were subjected to greater and greater burdens Crops falied and trade was stagnant The people could no longer be taxed but the government faced bankruptcy unless new revenues were found The only soulution was to tax the privileged classes But they were jealoous of their privileged posistion Altought they were not completely unwilling to contribute some additional taxes they never understood how grave the economis crisis was They say the crises as only some form of financial corruption that could be explained away by firing the kings finace ministers The libiral ideas of the French Enlightenment had been absorbed by some of the clergy and the nobility but only
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